A British Legion Stationed near Orléans c. 530? Evidence for Brittonic Military Activity in Late Antique Gaul in Vita sancti Dalmatii and Other Sources

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Title A British Legion Stationed near Orléans c. 530? Evidence for Brittonic Military Activity in Late Antique Gaul in Vita sancti Dalmatii and Other Sources
Author Wiseman, Howard Mark
Journal Name Journal of the Australian Early Medieval Association
Year Published 2011
Place of publication Australia
Publisher Australian Early Medieval Association Inc.
Abstract Several recent books lead the reader to believe that Vita sancti Dalmatii, written in c. 800, records a legio Britannica (a British army) stationed near Orléans in c. 530. As this paper demonstrates, the only correct detail of this purported record is the word legio, and this may well have a non-military connotation. This paper includes the first English translation of the relevant sections of Vita sancti Dalmatii, and a discussion of its possible interpretations in the context of Franco-Brittonic relations. It also examines more broadly the evidence for Brittonic military activity in Gaul proper from 450 to 560, and suggests that, irrespective of the interpretation of Vita sancti Dalmatii, the importance of the Britons in late antique Gaul has been overlooked.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Publisher URI http://home.vicnet.net.au/~medieval/
Volume 7
Page from 9
Page to 31
ISSN 1449-9320
Date Accessioned 2012-02-01; 2012-03-02T04:50:54Z
Date Available 2012-03-02T04:50:54Z
Research Centre Centre for Quantum Dynamics
Faculty Faculty of Science, Environment, Engineering and Technology
Subject European History (excl British, Classical Greek and Roman)
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/43272
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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