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Merovingian mercenaries and paid soldiers in imperial perspective

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This chapter begins with the firm conviction, shared by many other scholars, that the various barbarians, including Franks, who came to dwell within the borders of Roman Gaul from the later third century forward were greatly acculturated. In this context, it is clear that agricultural organization in Gaul during the early period of barbarian settlement was based upon Roman models. These subsequently underwent substantial new development with the introduction of the highly productive bi-partite estate, which was created in the eastern half of the later Roman Empire, and thereafter implanted to the west. It is of great importance regarding military matters, which are the fundamental concern of the chapter, that the later Roman era saw the acculturation and integration of the barbarians throughout the ?hexagon?.

Keywords: merovingian mercenary; paid soldiers; Roman Gaul



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