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Comminges, also known as Comenge in Occitan, is a historical region in southwestern France. It is located in the foothills of the Pyrenees mountain range, in the Occitanie region. It is situated between the Garonne River and the central Pyrenees.

One of Lancelot’s French lands. He made Sir Hebes earl of Comminges in return for Hebes’ support in the conflict against Arthur.

Comminges | 0 to the 9th century AD

Pre-Roman and Roman Period | Before 1st century AD – 5th century AD
In ancient times, the region that would become Comminges was inhabited by the Volcae Tectosages, a Celtic tribe. With the Roman conquest, the area became part of the Roman province of Novempopulania. The town of Lugdunum Convenarum (modern-day Saint-Bertrand-de-Comminges) emerged as an important Roman settlement.

Lugdunum Convenarum thrived as a Roman town, with typical features such as a forum, basilica, and other public buildings. The region benefited from Roman infrastructure and urbanization during this period.

Spread of Christianity | 3rd – 5th centuries
The introduction of Christianity to Comminges is associated with Saint Bertrand, a bishop in the fifth century. He played a crucial role in the Christianization of the area.

Saint-Bertrand-de-Comminges became an episcopal see during the early medieval period. The construction of the Cathedral of Saint Mary, Saint Bertrand, and Saint Helena began in the eleventh century, but its origins as a Christian site date back to earlier times. The relics of Saint Bertrand made the town a pilgrimage destination, contributing to its religious significance.

Merovingian and Carolingian Period | 5th – 9th centuries
The region witnessed the political changes associated with the Merovingian and Carolingian dynasties. Comminges was part of the broader historical and political developments in the Frankish Kingdom and the Carolingian Empire during the early medieval period.

See also
Franks | The Legend of King Arthur
Roman Empire | The Legend of King Arthur

Le Morte Darthur | Sir Thomas Malory, 1469-1470