This is one of a substantial number of bastides that began as a sauveté--in this case one jointly created in the eleventh century by the bishop of Rodez and the abbey of Moissac. Eight years after he founded Cordes and in the year following the treaty that ended the Albigensian Crusade, VII, count of Toulouse conferred a charter in 1230 that transformed the settlement into a bastide. it was later further extended under Alphonse de Poitiers. More
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