Count and Marquis of Marmande
The title of Count and Marquis of Marmande is the personal title proper to the Governor-General of the See of St. Stephen, who also holds the styles of Duke of Westphalia and Elector of Trier in the Holy Roman Empire. The coat of arms of Marmande, quartered with those of the County of Pisa, feature prominently in the official coat of arms of the Governor-General and that of his household.
Originating in the ancient Merovingian Dynasty, the title refers to the French municipality of Marmande within the historic County of Toulouse. It grew from an earlier town established by Richard Coeur de Lion. During the Albigensian Crusade, it was besieged several times. Prince Louis of France, accompanied by 20 bishops, 30 counts, 600 knights, and 10,000 infantrymen, captured the city. The city's 7000 inhabitants were massacred.
Later the city was united to the crown of France under King Saint Louis IX. The English briefly occupied the city in 1447. Marmande also resisted a division of Wellington's army for a month in 1814.
Present Bearer: H.M.E.R.H. Count Keith Steinhurst of Marmande
(See also: Westphalia)
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