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A historical region of southwest France between the Pyrenees and the Garonne River. The duchy of Aquitaine was joined with France after the marriage of Eleanor of Aquitaine to King Louis VII in 1137, but its possession was disputed after her subsequent marriage to Henry II of England.
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(ˌækwɪˈteɪn; French akitɛn)
(Placename) a region of SW France, on the Bay of Biscay: a former Roman province and medieval duchy. It is generally flat in the west, rising to the slopes of the Massif Central in the northeast and the Pyrenees in the south; mainly agricultural. Ancient name: Aquitania
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(ˈæk wɪˌteɪn)

1. Latin, Aq`ui•ta′ni•a. a historic region in SW France, formerly an ancient Roman province and medieval duchy.
2. a metropolitan region in SW France. 2,796,000; 15,949 sq. mi. (41,308 sq. km). Cap.: Bordeaux.
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Noun1.Aquitaine - a region of southwestern France between Bordeaux and the PyreneesAquitaine - a region of southwestern France between Bordeaux and the Pyrenees
France, French Republic - a republic in western Europe; the largest country wholly in Europe
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Behind the thrones there stood two men in purple gowns, with ascetic, clean-shaven faces, and half a dozen other high dignitaries and office-holders of Aquitaine. Below on either side of the steps were forty or fifty barons, knights, and courtiers, ranged in a triple row to the right and the left, with a clear passage in the centre.
Welcome to Aquitaine, Sir Nigel Loring and Sir Oliver Buttesthorn.
"He is Sir William Felton, who, with my unworthy self, is the chief counsellor of the prince, he being high steward and I the seneschal of Aquitaine."
Further back are knights from Quercy, Limousin, Saintonge, Poitou, and Aquitaine, with the valiant Sir Guiscard d'Angle.
"My powerful and illustrious master," he began, "Charles, King of Navarre, Earl of Evreux, Count of Champagne, who also writeth himself Overlord of Bearn, hereby sends his love and greetings to his dear cousin Edward, the Prince of Wales, Governor of Aquitaine, Grand Commander of "
"When that happy day comes," said Pedro, "then Spain shall be to you as Aquitaine, and, be your project what it may, you may ever count on every troop and every ship over which flies the banner of Castile."
"A royal messenger from His Illustrious Majesty, Henry, by the grace of God, King of England, Lord of Ireland, Duke of Aquitaine, to Norman of Torn, Open, in the name of the King!"
Henry, by Grace of God, King of England, Lord of Ireland, Duke of Aquitaine; to Norman of Torn:
On the other hand, the court confirmed the fines for their parent companies, Total and Elf Aquitaine (Cases T-206/06 Total and Elf Aquitaine v Commission and T-217/06 Arkema France and others v Commission).
The European Union's General Court rejected the actions by Arkema France and Elf Aquitaine for annulment of a European Commission decision, upholding the fine of 59 million for their participation in a cartel on the market for sodium chlorate (product used for bleaching paper).
Eleanor of Aquitaine has been noted for her political achievements--yet here the focus is on her spiritual influence, nature and side, which considers her as a figure restoring a feminine face to medieval religious life, representing female power and leadership.