Latin: Gesoriacum

A port city in northern France on the English Channel.

According to Geoffrey, Arthur conquered it from Frollo as part of his invasion of Gaul, and gave it to either Holdin or Leodegan (Leodegrance). In Arthour and Merlin, it is one of the lands aquired by Uther Pendragon from King HarinanIgerne’s (Igraine) first husband.

Boulogne | 400-550 AD

Boulogne was a significant Roman city and an important port in the province of Belgica. It served as a major transporation hub connecting Britain to the continent. Boulogne, known as Gesoriacum at the time, was a thriving commercial center and played a crucial role in Roman trade and administration.

Boulogne had a strategic location, and the Romans fortified the city during this period. They constructed walls and defensive structures to protect against potential invasions and secure their control over the region. The period between 400-550 AD saw the decline of the Western Roman Empire and the rise of various Germanic tribes. Boulogne faced invasions by Saxon and Frankish tribes, which brought significant changes to the region’s political and cultural landscape.

Towards the end of this period, the Merovingian dynasty, which ruled the Franks, gained control over Boulogne. The city became an important center within the Frankish kingdom, contributing to the emerging political structure of the time.

Christianity spread throughout the Roman Empire during this period, including in Boulogne. Christian communities emerged, and churches were built in the city. Boulogne played a role in the Christianization of the region.

Boulogne’s location on the northern coast of France made it an important link between continental Europe and Britain. The sity served as a major port for trade, travel, and military movements across the English Channel.

Historia Regum Britanniae | Geoffrey of Monmouth, c. 1138
Roman de Brut | Wace, c. 1155
Arthour and Merlin | Late 13th century