Introduction

Inland from the coast lies the historic region of Poitou, governed by the Counts of Poitiers in the Middle Ages and today embracing the modern-day départements of Deux Sèvres and Vienne in the Nouvelle-Aquitaine région. Overwhelmingly rural, Poitou is an ancient slow-paced land specked with centurion goat farms and dairies, marshes and remarkable mural-laced Romanesque churches.