The Church of Saint-Nicolas, in Beaujeu
|• Mayor (2008–2014)||Sylvain Sotton|
|Area1||17.85 km2 (6.89 sq mi)|
|• Density||110/km2 (290/sq mi)|
|INSEE/Postal code||69018 / 69430|
|Elevation||277–880 m (909–2,887 ft)
(avg. 293 m or 961 ft)
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km² (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.2 Population without double counting: residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once.
Beaujeu gives its name to the famous wine region of Beaujolais (Biôjolês), a former province of France of which it is the historical capital. However it was overtaken in the 14th century by Villefranche-sur-Saône, which remains the main commercial centre of the region.
Beaujolais was a semi-autonomous fiefdom of the Lords of Beaujeu. The barony was acquired in the 9th century by Guillaume, Comte du Lyonnais and Count of Forez; on his death, his son Bérard became the first Lord of Beaujeu.
List of rulers
- Berard of Beaujeu + c. 966
- Guichard I of Beaujeu c. 966-977
- Humbert I of Beaujeu + c. 977-1016
- Guichard II of Beaujeu c. 1016-1050
- Guichard III of Beaujeu c. 1050-1070
- Humbert II of Beaujeu c. 1070-1102
- Guichard IV of Beaujeu 1102-1137
- Humbert III of Beaujeu 1137-1174
- Humbert IV of Beaujeu 1174-1202
- Guichard V le Grand of Beaujeu 1202-1216
- Humbert V of Beaujeu 1216-1250
- Isabelle de Beaujeu 1250-1297 (married Renaud)
- Renaud I of Forez, count of Forez 1250-1297
- Louis de Beaujeu 1250-1295
- Guichard VI of Beaujeu 1295-1331
- Edouard I of Beaujeu 1331-1351 (Marshal of France)
- Antoine of Beaujeu 1351-1374
- Edouard II of Beaujeu 1374-1400 (+1400 without succession)
After the death of Edouard II, the barony passed to his uncle Louis II, Duke of Bourbon and was used as a title first by members of the Bourbon family and then by the House of Orléans. In 1522, Francis I of France confiscated the title and gave it to his mother Louise of Savoy, but it reverted to the French crown on her death in 1531.
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