County of Saint-Pol

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The locations of Artois and Picardy (c. 1477)

The county of Saint-Pol (or Sint-Pols) was a county around the French city of Saint-Pol-sur-Ternoise (Sint-Pols-aan-de-Ternas) on the border of Artois and Picardy, formerly the county of Ternois.

For a long time the county belonged to the county of Flanders, and then from the early 11th century until the end of the 12th century it remained in the hands of the Campdavaine family, before passing to the Châtillon family then the Luxemburg family.

The best-known count was Louis of Saint-Pol, the constable of Saint-Pol. He was extradited to Louis XI of France by Charles the Bold, and in 1475 Louis beheaded him for high treason. Charles V destroyed the city in 1537. The county was annexed to France in 1659 by the Treaty of the Pyrenees.

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This article incorporates information from the equivalent article on the Dutch Wikipedia.

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