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Coat of arms of Mirebeau
Coat of arms
Mirebeau is located in France
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Country France
Region Aquitaine-Limousin-Poitou-Charentes
Department Vienne
Arrondissement Poitiers
Canton Mirebeau
Intercommunality Mirebalais
 • Mayor Daniel Girardeau
Area1 13.84 km2 (5.34 sq mi)
Population (2006)2 2,256
 • Density 160/km2 (420/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 86160 / 86110
Elevation 89–158 m (292–518 ft)
(avg. 152 m or 499 ft)
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km² (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries. 2 Population without double counting: residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once.

Mirebeau is a commune in the Vienne department in the Poitou-Charentes region in western France.


Fulk Nerra (970-1040), Count of Anjou conquered Mirebeau and built a castle there. His son, Geoffrey of Anjou, defeated William VI, Duke of Aquitaine and Count of Poitou at the battle of Moncontour on September 20,1033, and from that date Mirebeau belonged to the county of Anjou until 1790, and the replacement of the old provinces by departements during the French revolution.

In mid-July 1202, Queen Eleanor of Aquitaine was blocked there by the army of the King of France commanded by Arthur, Duke of Brittany, a grand-son of Eleanor's. The latter took the city, and was about to storm the castle when Eleanor managed to flee, rescued by the arrival of her son John Lackland on August 1st. John, attacking from the rear, annihilated Arthur's troops and captured his nephew, whom he would kill in prison in April 1203 (one of the versions of the death of Arthur).


Historical population of Mirebeau
Year 1962 1968 1975 1982 1990 1999 2006
Population 2072 2142 2270 2379 2299 2254 2256

Twin towns

See also