ATHANAGILD (d. 547) became king of the Visigoths (in
Spain) in 534, having invoked the aid of the emperor Justinian for
his revolt against his predecessor Agila. Athanagild, when himself
king, vainly tried to oust his late allies from the footing which
they had gained in Spain, nor were the Greeks finally expelled
from Spain till seventy years later. Athanagild himself is chiefly
remembered for the tragic fortunes of his daughters Brunechildis
and Gavleswintha, who married two Frankish brotherkings,
Sigebert and Chilperic. Athanagild died (“peacefully,” as the
annalist remarks) in 547.
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