Mysteries of History: Franks, Romans, & the Kingdom of Soissons

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The Kingdom of Soissons was supposedly a Roman rump state or successor kingdom led first by Aegidius, a Roman general, and then by his son Syagrius. According to Gregory of Tours, writing a bit after thiese events took place in the late 400s, Clovis, King of the Franks, defeated Syagrius at the battle of Soissons in 486, and created the Kingdom of the Franks. But how much truth is ther to this? The asnwer is that we don’t really know, owing to the paucity of source material.

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Late Roman Warlords, Penny MacGeorge
Before France & Germany, Patrick Geary
Empires & Barbarians, Peter Heather
The Restoration of Rome, Peter Heater
The Franks, Edward James
Framing the Early Middle Ages, Chris Wickham
barbarians Migration & the Roman West, Guy Halsall