Gundobad, King of the Burgundians

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Gundobad, roi des Burgondes

Also Known As: "Gondebald", "Gondebaud", "Gundobadus", "Gudioc", "Gundric", "Gundobad", "Gundobald"
Birthplace: Burgundy, France
Death: circa 516 (48-64)
Lyon, Rhône, Rhone-Alpes, France
Immediate Family:

Son of Gunderic, King of the Burgundians and Sister of Ricimer
Husband of Gontheuque
Father of Gundomar II (IV), King of the Burgundians and Sigismund "the Holy", king of the Burgundians
Brother of Chilpéric II, king of the Burgundians; Théodelinde de Bourgogne; Menia of the Burgundians; Gundomar III, King of the Burgundians; Sigismond de Bourgogne and 1 other

Occupation: 8th King of the Burgundians at Lyon (463-500), Patriocio Romano por el Emperador Oibrio (23 de octubre de 472), , koning van Bourgondie
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About Gundobad, King of the Burgundians

Barbarian general during the last days of the Roman Empire in the west, and king of the Burgundians (c. 474-516).

The nephew of the barbarian emperor-maker Ricimer, Gundobad briefly held the supreme military command in the Roman service. In 473 he emulated his uncle when he himself placed a puppet, Glycerius, on the throne of Ravenna, but the subsequent deposition of Glycerius by Julius Nepos, the appointee of the eastern emperor, sent Gundobad fleeing back to his Burgundians. After becoming joint ruler (with his brothers) of the Burgundians, he murdered his brother Chilperic; the latter's daughter, Clotilda, later (c. 493) married the Frankish king Clovis. In 500 Gundobad fought off a Frankish attack and killed another brother, Godegisel, who had brought it about.

Though formally an Arian, Gundobad was in fact a secret Catholic sympathizer and enjoyed good relations with the orthodox clergy, as with the Romans in general over whom he ruled. The most important act of Gundobad's reign in Burgundy was his promulgation, early in the 6th century, of two codes of law, the Lex Gundobada, applying to all his subjects, and, somewhat later, the Lex Romana Burgundionum, applying to his Roman subjects.


FMG: He succeeded his father in 473 as Gondebaud King of Burgundy, with his capital at Geneva.  He put to death his three brothers and conquered their lands.  Clovis King of the Franks, allied with Godegisel, attacked Gondebaud in [500] [Gregory of Tours II.27-43].  Gregory of Tours records that Gundobad ruled jointly with his brother Godegisel "over the territory round the Rhône and the Saône and the province of Marseille", but was put to flight by Clovis King of the Franks after his brother defected, and took refuge in Avignon [Gregory of Tours II.32, pp. 145-7.].  After making an initial payment of tribute to the Franks, he rebelled, stormed Vienne where his brother Godegisel was killed, and reasserted his independence.

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Gundobad, King of the Burgundians's Timeline

Burgundy, France
Age 15
Burgundy, France
Age 30
Royaume de Bourgogne (within present France)
Age 56
Lyon, Rhône, Rhone-Alpes, France