DOMNONéE is the modern French form of DOMNONIA or DUMNONIA (Latin
Devon "; Breton : Domnonea), a minor kingdom in northern Armorica
Brittany ) founded by British immigrants from
Devon ) fleeing the
Saxon invasions of Britain
Saxon invasions of Britain in the early Middle
Ages . Headed by the same ruling family, it was variously separate or
united with its motherland and its
Latin name was used for both
indiscriminately. The mainland territory of
Dol-de-Bretagne through to Goélo , and
At the time of the
Roman conquest of Gaul
Roman conquest of Gaul , the rough area of later
Domnonée was held by the pagan Curiosolite
Domnonée is said
to have been founded in the 4th century by Christian Briton
immigrants; it greatly expanded in the wake of subsequent waves of
refugees from the
Saxon invasions of Britain
Saxon invasions of Britain .
close political links between the Brythonic (Celtic) territories in
Britain (Wales, Cornwall, Devon), and the newly created Armorican
Britain (Brittany), and it hosted many kings, princes, clerics and
other leaders who came over from Celtic Britain. The sea was a
unifying rather than divisive factor. In the traditions relating to
the settlement of
Brittany by the Bretons there are several kingdoms
of this kind. A number of legends and hagiographic lives of Breton
saints contain references to the close political ties between
religious communities in Wales and Brittany. The close proximity
resulted in possessions on both sides of the Channel by some religious
orders. For example, the Abbey of Notre-Dame de Beauport , before
Henry VIII, had parishes on the coast of Goélo and in Devon.
It has been theorised that a single sovereignty over the British and
Breton branches existed for a period.
Conomor , who was killed
Clotaire I , king of the Franks, is referred to in stories
from both Britain and Brittany. He would have been a British military
leader who was guarding the Channel from attacks by pirates, perhaps
in alliance with
Childebert I , son of Clovis .
In 1034, the term was used to designate the comté of Penthièvre
said to be the preserve of Eudes, second son of Geoffrey I, Duke of
Brittany . The name disappeared shortly after.
HISTORY OF THE PRINCIPALITY OF DUMNONIA OR DOMNONéE
Situated to the north east of Brittany, the earliest princes are
mentioned in several Lives of the Saints. The three Armorican
principalities were all subservient to the King of Brittany. Until the
reign of Jonas, the rulers of Domnonia were titled princes. After
that, they supply the Kings of the Bretons, and Domnonia itself was
elevated as a result. Dumnonian Kingdom - Decorated slabs from
the Gavrinis passage (replica in Bougon Museum).
* ^ Nora Kershaw Chadwick, Celtic Kingdoms
Domnonée additional terms
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