Inhabited since the Merovingian period, as evidenced by the discovery of staples and jewelry characteristic of this time, Malegoude had a fortified castle from 1062, undoubtedly located on the site of the Smoke of Castélas, as this seems to indicate. name. The Lévis came into possession of the territory after the crusade, but on October 23, 1391, Roger-Bernard de Lévis I, unable to honor his debts vis-à-vis the abbey of Boulbonne, gave the latter "the city and the place of Malegoude with all its affiliations ", however reserving half of the land and a quarter of the seigniorial rights, his life during. Most of the land of Malegoude was therefore part of the properties of the abbey of Boulbonne until the Revolution.
Close to the Aude and already located in a dry hillside area and under the influence of a premediterranean climate, Malegoude was a wine-growing town. Unfortunately, phylloxera put an end to this economic activity at the start of the XNUMXth century.
What is surprising, when you arrive in Malegoude, is that the church and the cemetery are not in the village. Malegoude being a very dispersed village, there are no streets. In fact, the school, which was installed in the town hall, was halfway between the different houses.
Malegoude is located on a road to St Jacques de Compostela, as evidenced by the 3 crosses of St Jacques implanted in its soil.
Its geographical location offers a unique panorama of the Pyrenean chain.
The town of Malegoude, located on the Mirepoix-Carcassonne road axis, covers an area of ​​652 ha, at an altitude of 335 m and has 66 inhabitants.
Near Mirepoix and bordering the department of Aude, it is one of the gates of Ariège.


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