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Alaric (Alarich) II, King of the Visigoths

Alaric (Alarich) II, King of the Visigoths

Male Abt 458 - 507  (~ 49 years)

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  • Name Alaric (Alarich) II  
    Suffix King of the Visigoths 
    Born Abt 458 
    Gender Male 
    Died 507  Vouillé Find all individuals with events at this location 

      King of the Visigoths, who succeeded his father Euric on Dec. 28, 484.

      His dominions comprised Spain (except the kingdom of Galicia), Aquitaine, Languedoc, and western Provence. Alaric, like his father, was an Arian Christian, but he mitigated the persecution of Catholics and authorized the Catholic council at Agde in 506. To provide a law code for his Roman subjects, he appointed a commission to prepare an abstract of Roman laws and imperial decrees. This code, issued in 506, is generally known as the Lex Romana Visigothorum, or Breviary of Alaric.

      Alaric tried to maintain his father's treaty with the Franks, but Clovis, the Frankish king, made the Visigoths' Arianism a pretext for war. In 507 the Visigoths were defeated in the battle of the Campus Vogladensis (Vouillé, or Vouglé, in Poitou). Alaric is said to have been overtaken in flight and killed by Clovis himself.

      «b»Alaric II«/b», also known as Alarik, Alarich, and «i»Alarico«/i» in «u»Spanish «/u» and «u»Portuguese «/u» or «i»Alaricus«/i» in «u»Latin «/u» (d. 507) succeeded his father «u»Euric «/u» in 485 and became eighth king of the «u»Visigoths «/u». He established his capital at «u»Aire-sur-l'Adour «/u» («i»Vicus Julii«/i»). His dominions included not only the whole of «u»Hispania «/u» except its north-western corner but also «u»Gallia Aquitania «/u» and the greater part of an as-yet undivided «u»Gallia Narbonensis «/u».
      «/b»In 486 Alaric II denied refuge to «u»Afranius Syagrius «/u», the former ruler of the «u»Domain of Soissons «/u» who was defeated by «u»Clovis I «/u». Alarmed by a summons from Clovis, Alaric imprisoned and repatriated Syagrius back to Clovis I, where he was beheaded.
    Person ID I60458  Glenn Cook Family
    Last Modified 19 Jun 2013 

    Father Euric I, King of Toulouse,   b. Abt 420,   d. Jul 484  (Age ~ 64 years) 
    Mother Ragnachilde,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Family ID F551616925  Group Sheet

     1. Gesalich,   b. Abt 485,   d. 511, Gallien Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 26 years)
    Last Modified 19 Jun 2013 
    Family ID F551616924  Group Sheet

    Family 2 Theodegotho,   b. Abt 473,   d. Yes, date unknown 
     1. Almaric of Spain, King of Visigoths,   b. Abt 505, Spain Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 531  (Age ~ 26 years)
    Last Modified 11 Nov 2009 
    Family ID F551617546  Group Sheet

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    Alaric (Alarich) II, king of the Visigoths
    Alaric (Alarich) II, king of the Visigoths
    Illustration of Alaric II at Biblioteca Nacional de España
    Alaric II, gold.jpg
    Alaric II, gold.jpg
    Reverse of a coin of Alaric II, gold 1.47g