Latin: Civitas Cenomanorum
Le Mans | 0 to 700 AD
Roman Period | 1st to 5th centuries AD
Le Mans, known as Civitas Cenomanorum, was an important Roman settlement located on the crossroads of several Roman roads, making it a strategic hub. The Romans established fortifications, roads, and other infrastructure in the area. The town served as a center for trade and commerce. During the Roman era, Christianity began to spread in the region, and Le Mans became an early Christian community.
Early Medieval Period | 5th to 8th centuries AD
With the decline of the Roman Empire in the fifth century, Le Mans, like many Roman cities, faced upheaval. The region was affected by invasions of various barbarian tribes. In the fifth century, Le Mans became part of the Kingdom of Visigoths, and later it fell under the control of the Franks. By the eighth century, Le Mans was part of the Frankish Carolingian Empire under the rule of Charlemagne.
Christianity continued to gain prominence in the region during this period. Saint Julian of Le Mans, a Christian missionary, was a significant figure in the city’s Christian history.
Roman de Brut | Wace, c. 1155