Angoulême

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Angoulême

Coordinates: 45°38′56″N 0°09′39″E / 45.648906°N 0.160847°E / 45.648906; 0.160847

Angoulême (French pronunciation: [ɑ̃ɡulɛm]) is a commune in southwestern France. It is the capital of the Charente department.

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History

Early history

Angoulême (Iculisma or Ecolisna, later Angoulesme) was taken by Clovis from the Visigoths in 507. In the 9th century, it was invaded and plundered by the Normans.

In 1360 Angoulême was surrendered by the Treaty of Brétigny to the English; they were, however, expelled in 1373 by the troops of Charles V, who granted the town numerous privileges. It suffered much during the French Wars of Religion, especially in 1568 after its capture by the Protestants under Coligny.

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