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1906 Excerpt: ... CHAPTER V CHINON IN the latter half of the Vth
century the Visigoths, who had already conquered most of Touraine,
were disputing with the Romans for possession of the forts along
the vallej of the Loire. One of the strongest of these was the
castrum of Chinon, planted upon a long and narrow and steep ridge
overlooking the Vienne, not far below the junction of that river
with the Loire. As the key to their possessions in Aquitaine
(Poitou and Guienne) this place was of especial value to the
Barbarians. They rebuilt the Roman fortifications, then fallen into
ruins, and were strongly intrenched there when, in the spring of
463, the Roman General vEgidius, after a victory won at Orleans,
advanced down the Loire and laid siege to Chinon. The town at that
time probably consisted of a mere handful of houses grouped about a
monastery lately founded by Saint Martin's disciple, Saint Mesme,
and a line of cave-dwellings hewn out of the rock along the river
front. At the approach of the Romans the inhabitants, with the
neighboring countrypeople, fled to the citadel, and with them went
Saint Mesme, then an old man, and his monks. For a time the
garrison held out bravely, then /Egidius managed to cut off their
water supply and would soon have forced them to capitulate had not
Saint Mesme come to the rescue. He prayed unceasingly throughout an
entire night and at daybreak a storm of such unprecedented fury
broke over both citadel and plain that, not only were the cisterns
filled, but the enemy, seized with panic, raised the siege and
fled. Not long after this the Romans were finally driven out of
Gaul, and when Clovis, founder of the Merovingian dynasty, defeated
Alaric II, in 481, the Visigoths were brought under his united
rule. From the time of Clovis (481-511) to tha...
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