… or, how a French placename spread round the world

Ever wondered why Montpel(l)ier is such a widespread place name?

There are over 150 examples, scattered over four continents, many of them thousands of miles from the French original.

This study shows how ‘your’ Montpel(l)ier fits into the world-wide pattern.

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How this study came about, previous explanations and literary references
Gazetteer of Montpeliers and Montpelliers around the world
Odds and ends