Cotignac Medieval town

Cotignac Foundation is very old. The name Cotinacco is attested as early as 1030; According to Albert Dauzat, the name comes from the name of Gallo-Roman man Cottinius, the Gauls cozio, with suffix - acum4. The two square towers at the top of the rock under which shelters the village belong to the first centuries of feudalism. As early as the year 1033, the castle of Cotignac existed and belonged to Boniface de Castellane.

In the 12th century, the abbaye Saint-André de Villeneuve-lès-Avignon is the owner of the parish church, and collects revenue. It then assigns to the Collegiate Church of Pignans5.

The lordship of Cotignac passed later in the domain of the counts of Provence. One of them, Raymond Bérenger V passed it to William de Rezza, by a Charter of the month of January 1232. Fulk de Pontevès (?-av.1337), lieutenant of the Seneschal (1317), Velasquez of Avignon (1333), Knight, Counsellor and Chamberlain of King Robert, was Lord of Cotignac, Carces, of Bargème etc6. He was the son of Foulquet II of Pontevès and Margarita by the Porcellets. He was married to Galburge of D'agoult de Sault7. He was the father of Jean Fouquet V8. The death of the Queen Jeanne Ire opens a succession crisis at the head of the count of Provence, the cities of the Union of Aix (1382-1387), supporting Charles of Duras against Louis I of Anjou. The Lord of Cotignac, Fulk of Pontevès, rallied to the Angevins in 1385, after the death of Louis Ier9.

Cotignac has its economic production of olive oil, and historical significance to a vow of Anne of Austria and the pilgrimage that was Louis XIV (still annually pilgrimages on 15 August and 8 September), in 1660 at the chapel of our Lady of Graces, located on Mount Verdaille, not far from the walls of this small town.

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