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Power and Place in Europe in the Early Middle Ages$
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Jayne Carroll, Andrew Reynolds, and Barbara Yorke

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780197266588

Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: May 2020

DOI: 10.5871/bacad/9780197266588.001.0001

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Luxeuil in the Merovingian Kingdom

Luxeuil in the Merovingian Kingdom

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(p.253) 12 Luxeuil in the Merovingian Kingdom
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Power and Place in Europe in the Early Middle Ages
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Ian Wood

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British Academy
DOI:10.5871/bacad/9780197266588.003.0012

In his Life of Columbanus, Jonas of Bobbio presents a picture of Luxeuil set deep in a forest landscape, with only intermittent contact with the outside world. Recent archaeological work at Luxeuil has cast doubt on the idea that the monastery was founded in a deserted place, while a close study of the hagiographical and diplomatic evidence suggests a community very much more fully integrated into the political world of Merovingian Burgundy, even in the earliest phases of its history. It was subsequently a place of importance in the combined kingdom of Neustro-Burgundy, only drifting into the background as the power of the Merovingians gave way to the new Carolingian dynasty.

Keywords:   Life of Columbanus, Jonas of Bobbio, Luxeuil, Merovingian Burgundy, Neustro-Burgundy, Carolingian dynasty, community

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