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Two entries with the name Valence.


A Knight of the Round Table.

Vivien, attempting to impugn the purity of the Round Table, recounted to Merlin a rumor which said that Valence had fathered a child on the wife of one of his own kinsmen. Merlin denied the rumor and defended the honor of the Round Table.

Idylls of the King | Lord Alfred Tennyson, 1859-1886


Valence is a city in the southeastern part of France.

The Alliterative Morte Arthure tells us that it is part of Arthur’s empire.

Valence | 1st century BC to 9th century AD

Roman Period | 1st century BC – 5th century AD
Valence, known as Valentia, was established as a Roman colony in the first century BC, and it became an important Roman settlement. The town was strategically located along the Via Agrippa, a major Roman road, and it served as a hub for trade and commerce. The Romans left their architectural and cultural imprint on the region.

Late Antiquity | 5th – 9th centuries
As the Western Roman Empire began to decline in the fifth century, Valence, like many other Roman towns, faced invasions and instability. The region was subject to various incursions by Visigoths, Burgundians, and other Germanic tribes.

Early Christian Influence
During this period, Christianity started to gain prominence in the region, and Valence played a role in the spread of Christianity in Gaul. Some sources suggest that the first bishop of Valence was Saint Apollinaris, who is considered a patron saint of the city.

Merovingian Era | 5th – 8th centuries
With the fall of the Western Roman Empire, Valence and the surrounding area became part of the Kingdom of Burgundians and later the Frankish Empire. The Merovingian dynasty, followed by the Carolingian dynasty, held sway in the region. The city experienced some level of stability and gradual Christianization during this period.

Alliterative Morte Arthure | c. 1400