Place:Champagne, Eure-et-Loir, France

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NameChampagne
TypeProvince
Located inEure-et-Loir, France
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Champagne is a historical province in the northeast of France, now best known as the Champagne wine region for the sparkling white wine that bears its name. It was founded in 1065 near the city of and was made up of different counties descended from the early medieval kingdom of Austrasia.

Formerly ruled by the counts of Champagne, its western edge is about 160 km (100 miles) east of Paris. The cities of , , and are the commercial centers of the area. In 1956, most of Champagne became part of the French administrative region of , which comprised four departments: , , , and . From 1 January 2016, merged with the adjoining region of to form the new region of .

The name Champagne comes from the Latin and referred to the similarities between the rolling hills of the province and the Italian countryside of located south of Rome.

In the High Middle Ages, the province was famous for the Champagne fairs, which were very important in the economy of the Western societies. The chivalric romance had its first beginnings in the county of Champagne with the famous writer who wrote stories of the Round Table from the Arthurian legends.

A few counts of Champagne were French kings with the comital title merging with the French crown in 1314 when Louis I, king of Navarre and count of Champagne, became king of France as Louis X. Counts of Champagne were highly considered by the French aristocracy.

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