- Battle of Vincy
The Battle of Vincy (Vincy is now called
Les Rues-des-Vignes) was fought at Vincy, near Cambrai, in the modern "département" of Nord. It was a contest between Charles Marteland the Austrasians on one side and the king of the Franks, Chilperic II, and his mayor of the palace, Ragenfrid, on the other.
Chilperic and Ragenfrid returned defeated to
Neustriaafter the Battle of Ambl%C3%A8ve.
Instead of following them at once, Charles again used tactics he would use all his remaining life, in a career of absolute success. He took time to rally more men and prepare, before descending in full force. He chose where to provoke them to battle, and, at a place and time of his choosing, in Spring
717, Charles eventually followed them and dealt them a serious blow at Vincy on 21 March. He chased the fleeing king and mayor to Paris.
On this success, he proclaimed one
Clotaire IVking of Austrasia in opposition to Chilperic and deposed the bishop of Rheims, Rigobert, replacing him with one Milo. The defeated Chilperic II, and his mayor of the palace, Ragenfrid, were essentially broken after this battle.
*Oman, Charles. "The Dark Ages, 476–918". London: Rivingtons, 1914.
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