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A version of this is in the French wikipedia too. Doesn't make for very adult reading:Undaunted, he situated his army around the walls of the castle with the intention of eventually starving out the inhabitants. The plan began to work, and soon the citizens suffered from starvation. However, legend says that Dame Carcas, the widow of one of the castle's nobles devised a clever bluff. All of the remaining grain that could be found in the castle was brought together and fed to one pig. The fattened pig was then killed and catapulted over the walls toward the offending army. When Pepin saw that despite all the waiting so far, the villagers were still able to feed large portions of grain to their livestock, he and his army became demoralized and they withdrew their offensive. The people of Carcassonne were so pleased with Dame Carcas, that bells across the castle rang in her honor. Many historians believe this legend is the source of the name Carcassonne, derived from "Carcas sonne" (Dame Carcas rings).

The Roman name of Carcassonne is mentioned earlier in the article. This tale is unsourced, needless to say. --Wetman 07:25, 7 March 2006 (UTC)


What does "point free environment" mean? — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 06:18, 27 January 2014 (UTC)

External links[edit]

This gentleman


has just posted external links across 16 different wiki pages. I looked at the pages for Narbonne, Carcassonne and Canal du Midi and i can't help but think that this is excessive?? These are popular thorough wiki pages and i cant see how the links improve them??

I have removed the links from the 3 pages i look at. I would be happy to listen to suggestions as to why these links should stay up and if valid would reinstate them. Thoughts? Collieman 19:08, 8 March 2006 (UTC)

I agree, it seems to be a case of linkspamming. Whilst the link is vaguely relevant, it seems innappropriate to be added to all of these pages, and the articles are probably just being used as a vehicle for advertising (since it is a commercial website). I have reverted all 16 additions, and left the {{spam}} template on Alexgregbiba's talk page. UkPaolo/talk 19:41, 8 March 2006 (UTC)

The reference to Viollet-le-Duc's restoration is out of place in the opening paragraph, and the information is in any case given later on. (talk) 06:24, 18 June 2011 (UTC)

Pippin took Carcassonne or he didn't?[edit]

Saracens from Barcelona took Carcassonne in 725, but King Pippin the Younger drove them away in 759. In 760, Pippin took most of the south of France, although he was unable to penetrate the impregnable fortress of Carcassonne.

Not sure those two sentences jive, King Pippin drove out the Saracens after 34 years of occupation in 759, but he couldn't take the fortress? Who was holding the fortress if the Saracens were driven out? --Fxer 16:12, 9 August 2006 (UTC)

Proposed merge with Cité de Carcassonne[edit]

Both pages have similar material although the material at Carcassonne has no references, Most of the 'Cité' article is in fact about Carcassonne. At the moment I can see no reason for a separate article. Dougweller (talk) 13:23, 1 July 2013 (UTC)

I agree with this. There seems little reason not to keep these pages as separate. Jthekid15 (talk) 08:48, 27 January 2014 (UTC)
I disagree. Cité de Carcassonne is about the fortified city (now a monument more than anything (and a UNESCO world heritage site)) and Carcassonne is about the municipality itself. Both articles appear separate in most languages and have been promoted to good quality status in some of them. The English article about the Cité might have content that duplicates that of the municipality, we should nonetheless keep it separate hoping that someone will one day improve it using translated text.Tinss (talk) 05:10, 28 January 2014 (UTC)
In that case this article needs to follow WP:SUMMARY. Dougweller (talk) 09:45, 28 January 2014 (UTC)
I also disagree. Irrespective of the current content of the two articles, Carcassonne the Cité (UNESCO site) and Carcassonne the town / departmental capital are two distinct topics. Mcewan (talk) 09:11, 3 February 2014 (UTC)
Ok, merge tag removed but it would be nice if someone who doesn't want a merge fixed the WP:SUMMARY problem. Tinss Mcewan Dougweller (talk) 14:58, 3 February 2014 (UTC)
Reworked the summary. Feel free to make corrections if you deem necessary. Dougweller Mcewan Tinss (talk) 06:16, 13 February 2014 (UTC)

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