Château-Thierry

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Château-Thierry

Coordinates: 49°02′N 3°24′E / 49.04°N 3.40°E / 49.04; 3.40


Château-Thierry is a commune in northern France about 56 miles (90 km) east-northeast of Paris. It is a sub-prefecture of the Aisne department in Picardy.

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History

In the late years of the western roman empire, a small town called Otmus was installed on a site where the Soissons-Troyes road crossed the Marne river.

During the 8th century, Charles Martel kept king Theuderic IV prisoner in the castle of Otmus. At this time, the town took the name of Castrum Theodorici, transformed in Château-Thierry later (Castle of Thierry, Thierry is the french or early romane language translation of Theuderic).

In 946 the castle of Château-Thierry was the home of Herbert le-Vieux, Count of Omois (Fr: comte d'Omois) of the House of Vermandois & Soissons.[citation needed]

Château-Thierry was the site of two important battles. The Battle of Château-Thierry (1814) in the Napoleonic Wars between France and Prussia, and Battle of Château-Thierry (1918) in World War I, between the United States and Germany.

In 1918 a mounting for the infamous Paris Gun was found near the castle. The cannon itself was never found.[citation needed]

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