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Early Christian Gaul

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This chapter examines what is known about society in Gaul, and how it changed between late Antiquity and the early middle Ages. It focuses on four aspects closely linked to the world of war: major historic events, military structures, rulership, and the degree of societal militarisation. The external pressure imposed on the Roman borders before the fifth century in the form of small to large-scale hostilities resulted in the adaptation of military structures to cope with the problem. Post-Roman rulers, like the Merovingian kings, had been part of the Roman military until its gradual collapse in the course of the fifth century. The enemy pressure exerted on the Roman world since late Antiquity both inside and outside the empire's borders did not only result in significant changes of its military structures, but it also affected the Roman administration, at least indirectly.

Keywords: Christian Gaul; Merovingian kings; Roman administration; societal militarisation



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