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The first known mention of Corrèze dates from the ninth century A.D.. Later, it became a stop along the pilgrimage to Saint-Jacques-de-Compostelle, or Santiago de Compostella, and a town formed around the church. It was burnt down by the English during the Hundred Years War, but rebuilt later in the fifteenth century. The 1789 French Revolution did not have any notable effects on the town itself; the First World War, however, claimed over one hundred lives. With the onset of rural exodus and urbanization, the city was never able to restore its former population size.