Episode 1: The Burgundians and Their Kingdoms

Welcome to Grand Dukes of the West! This episode begins with an introduction to the show and continues with a history of the Late Antique kingdoms of the Burgundians.

The Burgundians were not the most famous of the Germanic Tribes that menaced the Roman Empire in its twilight days, but they did leave a lasting legacy.

Time Period Covered: 406-534

Notable People: Gundahar, Aetius, Gundabad, Clovis

Notable Events: The Crossing of the Rhine, Fall of the Roman Empire, Battle of Vouille, Frankish Conquest of Burgundia

Here’s a map of Europe around 500 from H.G. Wells’ The Outline of History. With Burgundia’s proximity to Frankish expansion towards Aquitaine, it’s easy to see why they were anxious to keep the peace.


Gallic Chronicle of 482

Gallic Chronicle of 511

History of the Franks by Gregory of Tours

Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire by Edward Gibbon

Burgundians in the Mist by Marc Comtois


2 thoughts on “Episode 1: The Burgundians and Their Kingdoms

  1. I’m so excited to see a podcast finally cover the Valois Burgundians. Their times, and those of late Medieval/Renaissance France have been an obsession of mine for years. Alas I’ve yet to find a podcast that really digs deep into late medieval France.

    I assume the biography of Louis XI you read, was that of Paul Murray Kendall, I’m surprised and impressed that this book was in the possession of a teacher. The Burgundians are I find quite fortunate, as they have been blessed with the excellent biography series by Richard Vaughn, which I’m sure you’ll be using in later episodes alongside more focused scholarly articles.

    I have great anticipation for what is to come and wish you the best.


    1. It sure was the Paul Murray Kendall biography! The Richard Vaughan books are definitely some of my core references. I’m pretty sure that essentially every episode past the introduction will reference at least one of them. I hope you enjoy the series!


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