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Bayonne is a city located in the southewestern part of France. It is close to the Atlantic Ocean and lies just a few kilometers from the border with Spain.

According to the Alliterative Morte Arthure, it was part of Arthur’s kingdom and Bedivere’s burial place, which suggests that the author was confusing it with Bayeux.

Malory gives it an alternate name for Benoic (Benwick).

Bayonne | 0 to the 9th century AD

Roman Influence
The area around Bayonne likely had Roman influence, as evidenced by archaeological findings. The Romans were present in Gaul (ancient France), and their influence extended to various regions, leaving traces of settlements and infrastructure.

Early Medieval Period | 5th to 8th centuries
As the Western Roman Empire declined, the region experienced changes in governance, population movement, and cultural influendes. The Franks, a Germanic tribe, played a significant role in the political landscape of Gaul during this period.

Viking Incursions
Like many coastal areas in Western Europe, Bayonne and its surroundings faced Viking raids and incursions during the ninth century. Vikings, also known as Norsemen, targeted coastal regions and navigable rivers for plunder and settlement.

See also
Wine | The Legend of King Arthur