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Quercy

(kĕrsē`), region and former county, SW France, now divided between Lot and Tarn-et-Garonne depts. Cahors is the chief city. It consists of arid limestone plateaus (causses), cut by fertile valleys of the Lot, Dordogne, and Aveyron rivers. Sheep raising is the chief activity in the causses; the famous Rocamadour cheese is made from sheep's milk. Of Gallo-Roman origin, Quercy (also known as Cahorsin) became (9th cent.) a fief of the counts of Toulouse. It was savagely contested during the Hundred Years War, after which it was united (1472) with the French crown and included in Guienne prov.
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Quercy

 

a plateau in southwestern France, between the Garonne lowlands on the west and the Central Massif on the east. The eastern part of the plateau reaches an altitude of 300–400m. The plateau, which is composed of Jurassic and Cretaceous limestone, dolomite, and clay, is broken up by the valleys of right-bank tributaries of the Garonne River. Cuestas and karsts characterize the terrain. There are oak, pine, and chestnut forests.

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Further back are knights from Quercy, Limousin, Saintonge, Poitou, and Aquitaine, with the valiant Sir Guiscard d'Angle.
Elizabeth's hospital, and his purchase of an abandoned farmhouse in Quercy with his exploration of Southern France's rich history and linguistic heritage.
Lorblanchet, "Preliminary investigations by Raman microscopy of prehistoric pigments in the wall-painted cave at Roucadour, Quercy, France," Journal of Raman Spectroscopy, vol.
The antioxidants generally produced by marine environment include polyphenolic compounds such as flavonoids, cinnamic acid, benzoic acid, gallic acid, phlorotannins and quercy (Al-Saif et al., 2014).
There were three modern cruisers (Esterel, Barfleur, and Quercy), the long-range submarine Surcouf, several smaller subs, and nine merchant marine ships.
En el siglo IX el monje Godescalco sostuvo que Dios predestinaba a los elegidos a la salvacion y a los demas a la condenacion eterna, posicion que fue rechazada por el sinodo de Quercy del ano 849 (34).
(1966): Les amphicyons des Phosphorites du Quercy. An nales de Paleontologie 52, 23-64.
In the Quercy region, especially, the walnut is harvested in huge amounts, and its popularity and ubiquity is reflected in the many recipes from the area.
(2006): "Preliminary Investigations by Raman Microscopy of Prehistoric Pigments in the Wall-Painted Cave at Roucadour, Quercy, France", Journal of Raman Spectroscopy, 37, pp.
Examining Marot's most personal and autobiographical verse, it is clear that Marot was deeply attached to his motherland in the Quercy and was acutely affected by leaving that land to follow his father to the Valois court in the Loire Valley in 1509.