Aude (; ) is a department in south-central France named after the river Aude. The local council also calls the department "Cathar Country". Carcassonne, préfecture of the department traversed by the Aude river.
Aude is also a frequent feminine French given name in Francophone countries, deriving initially from Aude or Oda, a wife of Bertrand, Duke of Aquitaine, and mother of Saint Hubertus's brother Eudo. Aude was the name of Roland's fiancée in the chansons de geste.
The Aude (; ; LatinAtax) is a river of southern France that is long. Its source is in the Pyrenees mountains then runs to Carcassonne and finally reaches the Mediterranean Sea near Narbonne. The river is navigable by raft or canoe for nearly all of its length. It is registered as essential to the Languedoc-Roussillon region.
The river gave its name to the Aude department.
Aude, or Alda, Alde, was the sister of Oliver and betrothed of Roland in The Song of Roland and other chansons de geste. The story of her engagement to Roland is told in Girart de Vienne.
In The Song of Roland Aude is first mentioned by her brother Oliver when he tells Roland that the two will never be married, when the two counts are arguing before the battle; they are later reconciled, but both die fighting the Saracens. When Charlemagne returns to Aix and informs Aude that Roland has died, she collapses at the Emperor's feet and dies of grief.
"The Lovely Alda" is part of Edward MacDowell's 1891 orchestral composition, Two Fragments after the Song of Roland.
Category:Characters in The Song of Roland Category:Literary characters
Aude is a department in south-central France named after the river.
Aude may refer to:
- Aude (character), the sister of Oliver and betrothed of Roland in "The Song of Roland" and other chansons de gestes
- Aude, Estonia, a village in Nissi Parish, Harju County
- Aude (river), a river of southwestern France
- Lac d'Aude, a lake of southwestern France
- 9117 Aude, a main-belt asteroid discovered in 1997
Aude was the pen name of Claudette Charbonneau-Tissot (June 22, 1947 – October 25, 2012), a Canadian writer from Quebec. She is most noted for her 1997 short story collection Cet imperceptible mouvement, which won the Governor General's Award for French-language fiction at the 1997 Governor General's Awards, and her 1998 novel L'Enfant migrateur.