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Anjou is an historical region in inland north-western France, straddling the lower Loire. Its capital was Angers. The inhabitants of both the city and the province are called Angevins or, more rarely, Angeriens.


  • Plus me plaît le séjour qu'ont bâti mes aïeux,
    Que des palais Romains le front audacieux,
    Plus que le marbre dur me plaît l'ardoise fine:
    Plus mon Loir gaulois, que le Tibre latin,
    Plus mon petit Liré, que le mont Palatin,
    Et plus que l'air marin la doulceur angevine.
    • Mightier to me the house my father made,
        Than your audacious heads, O Halls of Rome!
      More than immortal marbles undecayed,
        The thin sad slates that cover up my home; More than your Tiber is my Loire to me,
        Than Palatine my little Lyré there,
      And more than all the winds of all the sea
        The quiet kindness of the Angevin air.
    • Joachim du Bellay, Les Regrets (1559), XXXI (Tr. G. K. Chesterton)
    • Albert G. Latham, The Oxford Treasury of French Literature (1915), p. 187: "The soft climate of Anjou."
  • By heaven, these scroyles of Angiers flout you, kings,
    And stand securely on their battlements,
    As in a theatre, whence they gape and point
    At your industrious scenes and acts of death.
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