Battle of Narbonne (763)

The Battle of Narbonne was a military engagement near Narbonne in 763 during the Aquitanian War. The forces of the Frankish counts Australdus and Galemanius defeated the Aquitanian forces of Count Mantio, killing Mantio and his retinue in the process and routing the Gascon levies in the Aquitanian service.

Battle of Narbonne (763)
Date763
Location
Result Frankish victory
Belligerents
Francia Duchy of Aquitaine
Commanders and leaders
Count Australdus
Count Galemanius
Count Mantio 
Strength
Retinues Retinues
Gascon levies
Casualties and losses
Mantio's retinue killed
Gascon horses captured

PreludeEdit

Duke Waiofar of Aquitaine sent his cousin, count Mantio, reinforced with Gascon levies and other magnates and their followings, to take the Frankish-held town of Narbonne in 763.[1][2] Waiofar's plan was to ambush the Frankish garrison, deployed there against the Muslims, as it attempted to enter the town or leave it for home.[1][2]

BattleEdit

Counts Australdus and Galemanius, commanding the garrison, were leaving the town with their retinues, when Mantio's men and dismounted Gascon levies attacked them.[3][2] After a bitter fight, Mantio and all his companions were killed by the Frankish counts.[4][2] The Gascon levies were routed and the Franks pursued them, taking their horses and other belongings.[4][2]

AftermathEdit

Waiofar's attempt to take an important Frankish base at his border ended in failure, as did all of his other efforts to conduct similar raids against the Franks.[4]

CitationsEdit

  1. ^ a b Petersen 2013, p. 731.
  2. ^ a b c d e Bachrach 1974, p. 7.
  3. ^ Petersen 2013, pp. 731–732.
  4. ^ a b c Petersen 2013, p. 732.

BibliographyEdit

  • Bachrach, Bernard (1974). "Military Organization in Aquitaine under the Early Carolingians". Speculum. 49 (1): 1–33. doi:10.2307/2856549. JSTOR 2856549. S2CID 162218193.
  • Petersen, Leif Inge Ree (2013). Siege Warfare and Military Organization in the Successor States (400-800 AD): Byzantium, the West and Islam. Leiden: Brill Publishers. ISBN 978-90-04-25199-1.