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The Battle of Vouillé
Battle of Vouillé
— or Vouglé (from Latin Campus Vogladensis) — was fought in the northern marches of Visigothic territory, at Vouillé near Poitiers
Poitiers
(Gaul), in the spring of 507 between the Franks commanded by Clovis and the Visigoths
Visigoths
commanded by Alaric II.

Battle of Vouillé
Battle of Vouillé
as depicted in the 14th century

Contents

1 Battle 2 Aftermath 3 Notes 4 References 5 Literature

Battle[edit] Clovis' army was slowed by a rain-swollen Vienne river, yet his forces were able to engage the Visigoths
Visigoths
south of Vouillé.[2] 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.[2] During the melée Clovis allegedly killed the Visigothic king Alaric, whereupon the Visigothic army broke and fled.[2] Aftermath[edit] After Clovis' success in this battle, the Byzantine
Byzantine
emperor Anastasius made him an honorary consul and patrician.[3] The battle forced the Visigoths
Visigoths
to retreat to Septimania, which they continued to hold, while the success at Vouillé allowed the Franks
Franks
to control the southwestern part of France
France
and capture Toulouse. Alaric's illegitimate son Gesalec
Gesalec
tried to organize a counterstrike at Narbonne, but he was deposed and ultimately killed when Narbonne
Narbonne
was taken by Burgundian allies of the Franks. Notes[edit]

^ 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
France
Began, ed. Ralph W. Mathisen and Danuta Shanzer, (Walter de Gruyter Inc., 2012), 88.

References[edit]

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.

Literature[edit]

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.

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