Troubador Lauragais

Released: 28/10/2018

ISBN: 9781789015836

eISBN: 9781789012446

Format: Paperback/eBook

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Steeped in History, Soaked in Blood


A journey through the past and present of a little-known area of south-west France. 
Explores the people, places and events that shaped a land once too important to ignore. 
A whole library has been written about the Lauragais in French, but virtually nothing in English.

The Lauragais lies in south-west France at the heart of Occitania. Today it is largely ignored by the millions who visit its neighbours each year – Toulouse and Carcassonne – but in times gone by it rarely escaped the attentions of the great and the good, or the ambitious and the avaricious.  

This is a book with big characters – Simon de Montfort, the Black Prince, Thomas Jefferson and the Duke of Wellington among others – but most of all it tells the story of the people who have shaped this land, the living and the dead, families that have lived in the same house or village for hundreds of years. This is the story of their lives, their religion, their forgotten language and their environment.  

On the autoroute, a journey through the Lauragais will take you three-quarters of an hour, but all you will see are tantalising glimpses of gorgeous countryside and distant signs of human habitation. In this book, the author takes you on a more leisurely trip through time in a land that is endearingly modest about its illustrious past.

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Colin Duncan Taylor

My life-long passion is France - its language, its culture and its history. I first discovered the Lauragais twenty years ago when I was looking to buy a French home in a more peaceful area than Provence. Since then I have been exploring this magical land by plane, car, bicycle, horse and my own two feet.

The more I learned and the more I read about the Lauragais, the more I realised that although much has been written about its history in French, there is virtually nothing in English. So I decided to write a book to tell the story of a land which, in times gone by, rarely escaped the attentions of the great and the good, or the ambitious and the avaricious. Luckily I have made many friends whose roots in the Lauragais are much deeper and much older than my own, and they helped me bring the past back to life.

Why do I think the Lauragais is so special? Visiting my website will give you a clue; reading my book will give you the full answer!

Before devoting myself to writing, my career included spells as a naval officer, management consultant and business owner.

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