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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

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

Ian Wood

British Academy

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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