Battle of Vouillé

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Battle of Vouillé
Part of The battles of Clovis I
Clovis tue Alaric II.jpg
Clovis killing Alaric
Date 507 AD
Location Vouillé, Vienne
Result Decisive Frankish victory, territorial gain of Gallia Aquitania[1]
Frankish Kingdom Visigothic Kingdom
Commanders and leaders
Clovis I Alaric II 
unknown unknown
Casualties and losses
unknown unknown, Alaric II was killed

The Battle of Vouillé or Vouglé (from Latin Campus Vogladensis) was fought in the northern marches of Visigothic territory, at Vouillé, Vienne near Poitiers (Gaul), in the spring of 507 between the Franks commanded by Clovis and the Visigoths commanded by Alaric II.

Battle of Vouillé as depicted in the 14th century


Clovis' army was slowed by a rain swollen Vienne river, yet his forces were able to engage the Visigoths south of Vouille.[2] With his missile troops stationed at the rear of his army, Clovis sent the rest of army forward to fight hand-to-hand with the Visigoths.[2] During the melee Clovis allegedly kills the Visigothic king Alaric, whereupon the Visigothic army breaks and flees.[2]


After Clovis' success in this battle, the Byzantine emperor Anastasius, made him an honorary consul and patriciate.[3] The battle forced the Visigoths to retreat to Septimania, which they continued to hold, while the success at Vouillé allowed the Franks to control the southwestern part of France and capture Toulouse. Alaric's illegitimate son Gesalec tried to organize a counterstrike at Narbonne, but he was deposed and ultimately killed when Narbonne was taken by Burgundian allies of the Franks.


  1. ^ Encyclopedia of Barbarian Europe: Society in Transformation, ed. Michael Frassetto, (ABC-CLIO, 2003), 362.
  2. ^ a b c Bernard S. Bachrach, Merovingian Military Organization, 481-751, (University of Minnesota Press, 1972), 11.
  3. ^ Clovis, Anastasius, and the Political Status 508 CE: The Frankis Aftermath of the Battle of Vouillé, Ralph W. Mathisen, The Battle of Vouillé, 507 CE: Where France Began, ed. Ralph W. Mathisen and Danuta Shanzer, (Walter de Gruyter Inc., 2012), 88.


  • Bernard S. Bachrach, Merovingian Military Organization, 481-751, University of Minnesota Press, 1972.
  • Encyclopedia of Barbarian Europe: Society in Transformation, ed.Michael Frassetto, ABC-CLIO, 2003.


Coordinates: 46°35′00″N 0°20′00″E / 46.5833°N 0.3333°E / 46.5833; 0.3333