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This picture shows one of the alleys laid out on the Promenade de Blossac at Lusignan in Vienne. The gardens were constructed in the 18th century on the remains of the fortified château, which was the largest of its kind in France during its heyday.

The Lords of Lusignan appeared in the 10th century. They constructed a fortified château at a high point on the junction of the medieval routes from Poitiers to Saintes and Niort. They came to the forefront of power in the County of Poitiers. In 1199 they become Counts of the Marche and in 1220 Counts of Angouleme by the marriage of Hugh 10th to Isabelle of Angouleme, widow of King John (Lackland) of England. Their line extends to the 14th century when it is merged with the French Crown.

In the 12th century Gui and Amauri of Lusignan become Kings of Jerusalem and found the Kingdom of Cyprus. Members of the family also occupy the throne of Little Armenia until its fall in 1375.

The above information about the Lords of Lusignan was taken from the following web site:

http://www.diocese-poitiers.com.fr/patrimoine/lusignan.html

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