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1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km² (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries. 2 Population without double counting : residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once.

NOYON (Latin : Noviomagus Veromanduorum, NOVIOMAGUS OF THE VEROMANDUI ) is a commune in the Oise
Oise
department in northern France
France
. It lies on the Oise
Oise
Canal about 100 kilometers (60 mi) north of Paris
Paris
.

CONTENTS

* 1 History * 2 Personalities * 3 International relations * 4 See also * 5 Notes * 6 References * 7 External links

HISTORY

The Gallo-Romans founded the town as NOVIOMAGUS (Celtic for "New Field" or "Market"). As several other cities shared the name, it was distinguished by specifying the people living in and around it. The town is mentioned in the Antonine Itinerary as being 27 Roman miles from Soissons
Soissons
and 34 Roman miles from Amiens
Amiens
, but d\'Anville noted that the distance must be in error, Amiens
Amiens
being further and Soisson closer than indicated.

By the Middle Ages, the town's Latin name had mutated to NOVIOMUM. The town was strongly fortified; some sections of the Roman walls still remained in late antiquity. This may explain why, around the year 531, bishop Medardus moved his seat from Vermand in the Vermandois to Noyon. (Another option was to move his seat to Saint-Quentin but the wine produced in Noyon
Noyon
was thought to be much better than that produced in Saint-Quentin. Other explanations are that Medardus was born near the town, at Salency, or that the place is nearer to Soissons, which was one of the royal capitals of the Merovingians .) The bishop of Noyon
Noyon
was also bishop of Tournai from the seventh century until Tournai was raised to a separate diocese 1146.

The cathedral at Noyon
Noyon
was where Charlemagne
Charlemagne
was crowned as co-King of the Franks in 768, as was the first Capetian king, Hugh Capet in 987. In 859 the town was attacked by Vikings
Vikings
and the bishop, Immo , captured and killed. The town received a communal charter in 1108, which was later confirmed by Philip Augustus in 1223. In the twelfth century, the diocese of Noyon
Noyon
was raised to an ecclesiastical duchy in the peerage of France
France
. The Romanesque cathedral was destroyed by fire in 1131, but soon replaced by the present cathedral, Notre-Dame de Noyon
Noyon
, constructed between 1145 and 1235, one of the earliest examples of Gothic architecture
Gothic architecture
in France. The bishop's library is a historic example of half-timbered construction .

By the Treaty of Noyon
Treaty of Noyon
, signed on the 13 August 1516 between Francis I of France
France
and emperor Charles V , France
France
abandoned its claims to the Kingdom of Naples
Kingdom of Naples
and received the Duchy
Duchy
of Milan in recompense. The treaty brought the War of the League of Cambrai — one stage of the Italian Wars — to a close.

During King Henry II\'s Italian war in 1557, most of Noyon
Noyon
would be burned, in the midst of Philip II of Spain 's invasion of Picardy, before returning to their winter quarters in the Spanish Netherlands .

Near the end of the sixteenth century the town fell under Habsburg control, but Henry IV of France
France
recaptured it. The Concordat of 1801 suppressed its bishopric. The town was occupied by the Germans during World War I
World War I
and World War II
World War II
and on both occasions suffered heavy damage.

PERSONALITIES

* John Calvin
John Calvin
was born in Noyon, 1509. * Medardus * Godeberta * Jacques de Noyon * Simon-Jérôme Bourlet de Vauxcelles (1733–1802), 18th-century French priest and journalist

INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS

Noyon
Noyon
is twinned with:

* - Hexham England
England
* - Metzingen Germany
Germany

SEE ALSO

* Communes of the Oise
Oise
department * Monument aux morts (Oise) * Charlemagne
Charlemagne

NOTES

* ^ M. Lachiver, Vins, vignes et vignerons. Histoire du vignoble français, éditions Fayard, Paris, 1988, (ISBN 221302202X ), p. 53 * ^ Catholic Encyclopedia, s.v. Tournai (Diocese); Roman Catholic Diocese of Tournai . * ^ Peter Lasko, Ars Sacra, 800-1200, (Yale University Press, 1994), 1. * ^ Laon, Kim M. Magon, Northern Europe: International Dictionary of Historic Places, Vol. 2, ed. Trudy Ring, Noelle Watson, Paul Schellinger, (Routledge, 1995), 397. * ^ Karl Leyser, Communications and Power in Medieval Europe: The Carolingian and Ottonian Centuries, ed. Timothy Reuter, (Hambledon Press, 1994), 48 note110. * ^ Dudo (Dean of St. Quentin), History of the Normans, transl. Eric Christiansen, (The Boydell Press, 1998), 184 note82. * ^ George A. Rothrock , The Huguenots: A Biography of a Minority, (Nelson-Hall, Inc., 1979), 48. * ^ A B A Global Chronology of Conflict: From the Ancient World to the Modern Middle East, Vol. II, ed. Spencer C. Tucker , (ABC-CLIO, 2010), 518.

REFERENCES

* INSEE commune file * This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain : Smith, William , ed. (1854–1857). "article name needed". Dictionary of Greek and Roman Geography
Dictionary of Greek and Roman Geography
. London: John Murray.

EXTERNAL LINKS

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