Battle of Vouillé
Battle of Vouillé — or Vouglé (from Latin Campus Vogladensis)
— was fought in the northern marches of Visigothic territory, at
Poitiers (Gaul), in the spring of 507 between the Franks
commanded by Clovis and the
Visigoths commanded by Alaric II.
Battle of Vouillé
Battle of Vouillé as depicted in the 14th century
Clovis' army was slowed by a rain-swollen Vienne river, yet his forces
were able to engage the
Visigoths south of Vouillé. With his
missile troops stationed at the rear of his army, Clovis sent the rest
of the army forward to fight hand-to-hand with the Visigoths.
During the melée Clovis allegedly killed the Visigothic king Alaric,
whereupon the Visigothic army broke and fled.
After Clovis' success in this battle, the
Byzantine emperor Anastasius
made him an honorary consul and patrician. The battle forced the
Visigoths to retreat to Septimania, which they continued to hold,
while the success at Vouillé allowed the
Franks to control the
southwestern part of
France and capture Toulouse. Alaric's
Gesalec tried to organize a counterstrike at
Narbonne, but he was deposed and ultimately killed when
taken by Burgundian allies of the Franks.
^ Encyclopedia of Barbarian Europe: Society in Transformation, ed.
Michael Frassetto, (ABC-CLIO, 2003), 362.
^ a b c Bernard S. Bachrach, Merovingian Military Organization,
481-751 (University of Minnesota Press, 1972), 11
^ Clovis, Anastasius, and the Political Status 508 CE: The Frankis
Aftermath of the Battle of Vouillé, Ralph W. Mathisen, The Battle of
Vouillé, 507 CE: Where
France Began, ed. Ralph W. Mathisen and Danuta
Shanzer, (Walter de Gruyter Inc., 2012), 88.
Bernard S. Bachrach, Merovingian Military Organization, 481-751,
University of Minnesota Press, 1972.
Encyclopedia of Barbarian Europe: Society in Transformation,
ed.Michael Frassetto, ABC-CLIO, 2003.
Eugen Ewig: Die Merowinger und das Frankenreich, Stuttgart u.a. 1993.
Herwig Wolfram: Die Goten, München 2001.
Coordinates: 46°35′00″N 0°20′00″E / 46.5833°N
0.3333°E / 46.