Rise of France

507 to 717
Early wars of the Frankish kingdom in Gaul

Noteable Battles

Battle of Soissons   Franks victory
Fought 486, and notable as the first military exploit of Clovis, the founder of the Merovingian dynasty, who here defeated Syagrius, Count of Soissons, and annexed his dominions.
Battle of Tolbiac   Franks victory
Fought 496, between the Franks, under Clovis, and the Alemanni. The Franks, after a desperate conflict, began to give way, but were rallied by Clovis, who leading a charge in person, utterly routed the Alemanni. This victory gave the Franks undisputed possession of the territory west of the Rhine.
Battle of Vouille   Franks victory
Fought 507, between the Franks, under Clovis, and the Visigoths, under Alaric II. Clovis and Alaric met in single combat, and Alaric was slain, following which the Goths were utterly routed. By this decisive victory, the province of Aquitaine was added to the Frankish dominions.
Battle of Truceia   Neustrians victory
Fought 593, between the Neustrians, under Queen Fredegond, and the Austrasians, under Childebert II. The Austrasian army was totally routed and fled from the field.
Battle of Dormeille   Burgundians victory
Fought 602, between the Neustrians under Clothaire II, and Austrasians and Burgundians under Theodobert and Thierry. Clothaire was defeated with great slaughter.
Battle of Etampes   Burgundians victory
Fought 604, between the Burgundians, under Queen Brunehilde, and the Neustrians under Clothaire II. The latter were totally defeated with heavy loss.
Battle of Testry   Austrasians victory
Fought 687, between the Neustrians, under Thierry III, and the Austrasians, under Pepin d'Heristal, the Maire du Palais. The Neustrians were routed, and Thierry captured.
Battle of Viney (Etruscan Wars ) Austrasians victory
Fought 717, between the Austrasians, under Charles Martel and the Neustrians, under Chilperic II. The Neustrians were defeated.

Story Links
Book Links
Rise of the Franks  in  Stories from German History  by   Florence Aston
Clotilda of Burgundy  in  Historic Girls  by  E. S. Brooks
Queen Clothilde and King Clovis  in  Stories from French History  by  Lena Dalkeith
Clovis  in  Famous Men of the Middle Ages  by  John H. Haaren
Charles Martel and Pepin  in  Famous Men of the Middle Ages  by  John H. Haaren
Rise of the Franks  in  The Story of the Middle Ages  by  Samuel B. Harding
Clovis, King of the Franks  in  Barbarian and Noble  by  Marion Florence Lansing
First King of France  in  The Story of France  by  Mary Macgregor
Rise of the Franks  in  The Story of Europe  by  Henrietta Elizabeth Marshall
Wooing of Clotilde  in  Historical Tales: French  by  Charles Morris
Rival Queens  in  Historical Tales: French  by  Charles Morris
Clovis Becomes the First King of Franks  in  European Hero Stories  by  Eva March Tappan

Image Links

In full battle aray he came to take leave of Clothilde and his small son.
 in Stories from French History

Crossing the Rhine
 in Famous Men of the Middle Ages

Clovis finds fault with the soldier
 in Famous Men of the Middle Ages

The First Invasion of the Franks into Gaul
 in Greatest Nations - Germany

Clovis at the Ford of the Vienne
 in Greatest Nations - Germany

 in Barbarian and Noble

Clovis utters his Challenge
 in Barbarian and Noble

If thou give me victory over these foes I will be baptized in thy name.'
 in The Story of France