|Alaric II, Visigothic Chieftan
Alaric II, Visigothic Chieftan
- Born: Abt 458
- Married: Abt 494
- Died: 507, Battle of Poitiers, Vienne, Poitou, France
Iordanes names "Eurichus…filius Alarichus" when recording his succession after the death of his father.
He was elected to succeed his father at Toulouse 28 Dec 484 as ALARIC II King of the Visigoths. The main body of Visigoths entered Spain during his reign, largely resulting from military pressure from the Franks in the north. King Alaric II formed an alliance with the Ostrogoths and sent military help in 490 in support of Theodoric in his struggle with Odovacar King of Italy. The alliance was later confirmed by King Alaric's marriage to King Theodoric's daughter. Faced with continuing Frankish military expansion, King Alaric met Clovis King of the Franks in 502 on an island in the Loire near Amboise and agreed the River Loire as the frontier separating the two kingdoms. He was responsible for compiling the Breviary Lex Romana Visigothorum, a Roman law-book, and supported a catholic church council at Agde in 506.
He was defeated and killed by Clovis King of the Franks at the campus Vogladensis, probably Voulan, near Poitiers, athough this is popularly known as the battle of Vouillé, which marked the end of Visigothic authority over the territory around Toulouse. The Chronicon Albeldense records that “Alaricus” was killed by “Huduildus rex Francorum apud Pictavem” after reigning for 23 years. The Chronica Regum Visigotthorum records that “Alaricus” reigned for 23 years. 1
Alaric married Theodegotha DI PANNONIA, daughter of Theodoric I DI PANNONIA, King of the Ostrogoths, and an unnamed Mistress, about 494.
1 Foundation for Medieval Genealogy, Medlands, Alaric.