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A possible scenario for the battle of Vicus Helena
by Eric Capron
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To be done with Vicus Helena
Further remarks on Vicus Helena and Litus Saxonicum
Let's maintain our hypothesis of a filiation between Vicus Helena and Les Helembis on the commune
of Sancourt (Northern France). An essential question is yet to be answered: where did the Roman
troops come from?
They were seasoned troops, led by Aetius and Majorian, both experimented generals
The most logical answer is Famars (Fanum Martis), for the following reasons: first, this important
fortress protects the Eastern Border of what is left of the Roman Empire second, the place is ideal to
avoid disclosing a project of surprise attack.
Why Vicus Helena ? To put an end to an inner threat (let's think of Armenia and Vendée).
Roman troops leave Famars, head West and cross the Sensée at Hem-Lenglet. A first confrontation
happens on the Chaussée and at the foot of the bridge. Then they reach Vicus Helena, on the commune
of Sancourt, at what is today the lieu-dit “Les Helembis”, where a second confrontation takes place.
We may note that “Les Helembis” is the only location, in a series of Hel-Hem toponyms, to not have
developed further into an agglomeration.
It always comes back to a symbolic place, erased by the Franks from the landscape (no village bearing
this name can be located on XIXth century cadastre maps), though not fast enough as traces can be
found in toponymy.