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Christian Meeting of Buteridava (The Ashes of Rome Map Game)

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Christian Meeting of Buteridava
Christian Meeting Buteridava.jpg
15th century depiction of the Meeting, with Peter I and the Frankish (left), Leo III and the Byzantine (right) and Galindus Aric (center)
Other names War Meeting against the Gothic Empire.
Participants Consul Galindus Aric (Gepid Republic)

Justicar Frigeridus Bessas (Gepid Republic)
King Peter I (Frankish Kingdom)

Basileus Leo III (Byzantine Empire)
Location Buteridava, Gepid Republic
Date 728
Result Formation of a common front in the war against the Gothic Empire.
The Christian Meeting of Buteridava was a meeting organized by the Consul Galindus Aric of the Gepid Republic, with both leaders of the nations at war with the Gothic Empire. It was an attempt by the Consul to coordinate the two nations into a single Christian Force against the Gothic Empire and to help the formation of a Papal State.


Following the conquest of Lombardy by the Gothic Empire in 720, their leader allowed the local population to keep their pagan faith, a decision that would weaken the Empire, as faith was one of the main pillars that stopped the Empire from falling.

Riot began to rise in every corners of the Gothic Empire for multiple reasons, going from taxes to the fact their ruler was a woman,which was badly perceived by the nobility and population.

Around the same time, changes began to appear in the Byzantine Empire. Basileus (Emperor) Anastasios II died from a plague, leaving the Byzantine throne vacant. It was however rapidly occupied by a famous general who took the name of Leo III.

Seeking to reclaim the Ashes of Rome, the new Basileus waged war against the weaken Gothic Empire, who held Italy (and Rome). Taking advantage of the Gothic Empire's situation of weakness, Leo III first years in the war were successful.

In 725, King William of the Frankish Kingdom died with no heir, leaving his nephew Peter to inherit. Using the war between the Goths and Byzantines, he launched his own war against the Gothic Empire, citing their un-Christian behavior as one of their main excuse, and the fact that their use of the plague as a weapon had resulted in the death his father, Grand Duke Joseph. The Frankish-Gothic War even expanded to the British Isles, were both once held vassal nations.

Peter I invited the bishops to assemble in Paris in order to elect a Pope. The Frankish King hoped to use this new Pope as a symbol against the Gothics, and expressed his desire to create a Papal State in Rome.7

On the side line, the Gepid Republic stood, watching in neutrality the war. The last Consul, Recimer Valomer, was a militaristic ruler who would have easily jumped in the war. Fearing war, the Gepid Senate elected in 725 Galindus Aric, who promised he would keep the Gepid Republic neutral in the European conflicts.

However, the Bassas Family and their pro-Christians allies supported the Frankish Kingdom and their desire to create a Papal State. Galindus thus decided to unofficially support the Frankish Kingdom, sending his thanks to the new Pope. He then invited both Leo III and Peter I to a meeting in Buteridava in order to coordinate their efforts.

Proposal of Galindus Aric

  1. The two rulers, instead of fighting on their own, will fight together as a united hristian force. King Peter I is recommended for the role of leader of this force. However, Leo III will still remain independent when the two army are separated. The part about the force leader can be deleted on Byzantine demand.
  2. Should Italy be conquered, it will be divided under a specific pattern, which include main control of the northern region by the Franks, return of Sicily to the Byzantines, and the creation of the a Papal State in Rome, which will depend of both Frankish Kingdom and Byzantine Empire.
  3. Should Rome not be conquered, the Frankish will give part of their Italian territories to the Pope so a papal state could be created.

    Division of Italy after the War. Frankish territories (Blue), Byzantine territories (Purple) and Papal States (White are shown).

  4. The Gepid Republic, although neutral in the conflict, will provide troops on the form of mercenaries to the two rulers, as many Gepids want to fight for this war. The Byzantine mercenary force will be led by the Consul's son, Vithimiric Aric, and the Frankish mercenary force by Hermenigild Valomer.
  5. After the creation of the Papal State, a Council will be held by the newly restored Pope on the statue of Christianity in Europe, to which every Christian ruler shall be invited.
  6. Any conquest out of Italy shall go to the conqueror.
  7. Frankish proposal: Given the invasion of Italy by the Caliphate, we propose that action be taken to drive them out of Europe, end their armada, and force them back to the Sinai Peninsula.


  • Gepid Republic: Consul Galindus Aric (Zamarak500)
  • Frankish Kingdom: King Peter I (User:Spartian300
  • Byzantine Empire:' Emperor Leo III ( - Afunnymouth)(MOD RESPONSE)


The Christian Meeting made possible the formation of more united Christian force against the Gothic Empire. This would also lead to a major pro-war sentiment in the Gepid Republic, which would lead to the fall of Galindus Aric, who tried to use this to remain neutral, and the election in 730 of Hermenigild Valomer, who was replaced by Sigeric Bessas at the head of the Second Gepid Mercenary Force.

The Christian Meeting of Buteridava is sometimes seen by historian as a turning point in the War for the Ashes of Rome.

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