Najac, France

Najac, France

I've been there and they told me this awesome story. The king of France had a claim on the *county of Toulouse IIRC so he invaded it. Najac was a major town at the time and the castle was one of the hardest to attack. It was the last standing and the siege promised to be very long. The king could not bother to wait that long.

So he declared the creation of Villefranche de Rouergue 10km from there. "Villefranche" meant it was a city free of royal taxes. By the end of the year, half of Najac had moved to live in Villefranche.

Nowadays, Najac is an irrelevant village with an enormous castle and church. And Villefranche de Rouergue is the local urban center.

Now you know that tax breaks can win wars.

NB: This is a story I'm telling from memory of what the guide told me there. I really should check if it was romanticized.

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"My King, the attack has failed. There was a fort hidden by knife holes that we were unaware of"

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“Hello babies. Welcome to Earth. It's hot in the summer and cold in the winter. It's round and wet and crowded. On the outside, babies, you've got a hundred years here. There's only one rule that I know of, babies-God damn it, you've got to be kind.”

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