Ariège Aveyron Gers Haute-Garonne Haute-Pyrénées Lot Tarn Tarn-et-Garonne
Midi-Pyrénées is now part of the new larger region of Occitanie
Lott was created in 1790 from part of the province of Quercy; later some cantons were separated to form the department of Tarn-et-Garonne
  Cahors  Castelnau-Montratier  Espagnac-Sainte-Eulalie  Lacave 
Assier is a large village with a railway station. The two monuments in separate places: the parish church and the Renaissance château, a short distance apart. There is plenty of free parking in the village.

St Peter's Church
The church appears to be normally open. The monument is housed in the north west chape, left of the main west door. The chapel is rather small and with difficult lighting.
44°40'31"N 1°52'33"E

Jacques Ricard (known as  )) (1465 - 1546)  Lord of Assier Second quarter of the 16th century.
Soldier and diplomat. He entered royal service under Louis XI in 1480 and appointed Master and Captain General of the Artillery in 1512 under Louis XII. He took part in the Italian Wars and was largely responsible for the French victory at Marigan under King François I  in 1515. In 1520 he organized the Field of the Cloth of Gold, the major meeting between the French and English Kings (Henry VIII)
However in 1525 the French forces were heavily defeated at the Battle of Pavia where Galiot, the King and many leaders were captured. After his release he negotiated release of the King and in 1526 was given the title (among many other) of Grand Ecuyer of France, ranking him among the senior royal officers. In 1546 he became Lieutenant-General of Guyene but died later that year.
He was responsible for building the church beginning in 1540.

Château d'Assier
The Château of Assier was built by Galiot de Genouillac between 1518 and 1534. It was partly demolished in 1768 and the building materials used elsewhere. However much remains today, including displaces of many military friezes depicting the campaigns of Galiot and other stone work. It was eventually bought by the state and now may be visited in the summer months at €4 per person.
44°40'27"N 1°52'4"E

Anne de Grenouillac (1558-1618) (Galiote de Ste Anne de Gourdon-Genouillac-Vaillac) Grand Prioress of the Hospital of Beaulieu, where the tomb was originally situated. Limestone. XV - early XVII centuries.
Note above the winged skull on which her feet rest.

Cahors - Cathedral of St Étienne
There is parking in both street and car parks near the cathedral; as far as I could tell this is all pay parking. The cathedral is open and free to enter. Photography is allowed but flash is not permitted
44º26'50"N  1º26'32"E

Above: Raymond de Cornil (1293) Bishop of Cahors (1280-1293)
Limestone.  13th-14th centuries. The feet apper to rest on a lion and are supported by an angel(s)
Right: Alain de Solmaniac (1659) Bishop of Cahors (1637-1659)
The list gives this as a gisant; however it is a tomb chest. The date painted on the lid is 1791.
Pierre Alfred Grimardias (1896)  Bishop of Cahors 1869-1896
Limestone effigy on plain tomb chest. By A Rougé 1896, signed

Castelnau-Montratier - Hôtel deVille
The effigy is now in the Hôtel deVille (town hall). There is plenty of free parking. The Hôtel deVille was closed when we arrived but the effigy is on display in the window and I was able to photograph it, although it would have produced a better result from inside the building.
44°16'5"N  1°21'2"E

Cardinal Bertrand de Pouget (1352) From a monument in the chapel of the Poor Clares of Pouget, which was destroyed during the Revolution. This fragment of the effigy was discovered by a farmer when ploughing in 1977 and brought to the Hôtel de Ville, where it is now on display. XIV century
Cardinal de Pouget was born in the town and became nuncio to the Avignon popes. He died in Villeneuve-lès-Avignon, the resort of French cardinals during the Avignon Papacy. He was responsible for the burning of Dante's De Monarchia, which argued the separate authorities of church and state, particularly in reference to that of Pope and Holy Roman Emperor.

Espagnac-Sainte-Eulalie - St Augustine
This is a joint commune of two separate villages. The church is actually in Espagnac, although the entrance to this village shows the joint name. The only approach  is from the D41 and on the approach road you will shortly see a sign stating that no vehicles are allowed into to village. However there is a free - although small - car park near this sign and to your left. The car park requires a difficult hair pin turn to enter (and exit as there are no through roads) from the approach road; I would suggest you drive a little further and turn around in a suitable turning space which you will find quickly on your left. It is a very short walk to the church.
The church is locked although, on this occasion, we were fortunate in obtaining the key from the marie. However to avoid disappointment after quite a long journey it is better to follow the instructions on the church gate 'October-April for up to six people, contact:
Christian Thiry 0033 [0]5 81 48 06 57
During the summer there are guided tours twice daily, 10.30am -12.30pm and 4pm - 6.00pm. The cost is €2.00. The contact name and number is as before.
The Church of  St Augustine is that of the Abbey of Espagnac, Notre-Dame-de-Val Paradise, sometimes referred to as a priory. It was a convent of canonesses regular.
                                                                                                44°35'30"N 1°50'27"E

Americ d'Hébrard de St-Sulpice (1295) Bishop of Coimbra in Portugal. Refounder of the monastery here. Formerly identified as François de Cardaillac de Brengues, Bishop of Cahors (1404).

Above and left: Hugues de Cadaillac (1342) Lord of  Brengues
Below: Barnarde (de Trian) Wife of Hugues above. She was the niece of Pope John XXII.

These monuments are situated on either side of the chancel. Excavation is in progress (Nov. 2021) exposing the base of the tomb chest, the chancel floor having been raised at some point. As may be seen in the photographs the excavation is roped off and uncertain looking so I was unable to get near to the monuments to take a photograph from another angle.

The monument to the Bishop is in the nave.

Note the representation of drapery over the sides of the bier; this is similar to that carved on the Plantagenet effigies at Fontevraud and a nearby abbey in Maine-et-Loire.

Meyraguet (Lacave)
Church of Meyraguet
Meyraguet appears to be a small village in the commune of Lacave, a short distance from Lacave itself. The church is small and there is parking outside. However the well signposted church was surprisingly locked but there was a notice on the door requesting visitors to contact the marie  to visit; the telephone number was given. Meyraguet is not indicated on my map so head for Lacave and follow the signposts, which are clear.
Knight, stone, XVI century


Tarn-et-Garonne was originally part of the provinces of Quercy and Languedoc. It was created by Napoleon in 1806 with territories taken from Lot, Haute-Garonne, Gers, and Aveyron.
Collégiale St-Martin
You can park free in the town square from where it is a short walk to the church; however this means negotiating a number of steps and there is no handrail. There appears to be a car park outside the church but we had already visited and did not discover how to drive there.
44°14'11"N 1°28'50"E

Bishop Jean des Près (1353)
Bishop of Castres and nephew of the Cardinal. Stone.
Cardinal Pierre des Près (1361)
He was the founder of the Collegiate Church. White marble.

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