Thorismund, king of the Visigoths

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Spanish: Torismundo, rey de los visigodos
Also Known As: "Thorismund", "Thorismundus", "Thorismod", "Thorismud", "Torismundo", "Þaurismoþs Balþings Wisugutane þiudans"
Birthplace: Visigoth-occupied Iberia (Present Spain), Roman Empire
Death: 453
Toulouse, (Present département de la Haute-Garonne), (Present région Midi-Pyrénées), Visigoth Kingdom (Present France) (Strangled by his brothers Theodoric and Frederic)
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Son of Theodoric I, king of the Visigoths and .... of the Visigoths
Brother of queen consort of the Vandals & Alans; Theodoric II, king of the Visigoths; Frideric; Euric I, king of the Visigoths; Retemeris and 3 others

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Thorismund, king of the Visigoths (38 languages)

Thorismund (also Thorismod or Thorismud, as manuscripts of our chief source confusingly attest[1]) (c. 420–453), became king of the Visigoths after his father Theodoric was killed in the Battle of the Catalaunian Plains (also called Battle of Châlons) in 451 CE. He was murdered in 453 and was succeeded by his brother Theodoric II. .. ... ....

2. THORISMUND (-murdered 453). Iordanes names (in order) "Friderichum et Eurichum, Retemerim et Himnerith" as four of the sons of "Theoderido", specifying that their father took his two older sons "Thorismud et Theodericum maiores natu" when he fought at the battle of the Catalaunian Fields, dated to 451[71]. Herimannus names "Torismod filius Theodorus rex Gothorum" when recording that he succeeded his father[72]. He was elected to succeed his father in 451 as THORISMUND King of the Visigoths. Iordanes records that he also fought "in campis statim Catalaunicisis" and succeeded after the death of his father in the same battle[73]. He made war on the Alans at Orléans and marched again on Arles[74]. The Chronicon of Bishop Idatius records that “Thorismo Rex Gothorum” was killed by “Theuderico et Frederico fratribus” in 453[75]. The Chronica Regum Visigotthorum records that “Thurismodus” reigned for three years[76].

El resumen proporcionado por Mercedita Florencia Saez Iribarnegaray:

Es asesinado por sus hermanos Federico y Teodorico, comprados por los romanos. Había reinado 2 años.

Ben M. Angel's summary:


Parents: Theodoric I, King of the Visigoths and (Unknown) daughter of Alaric I


1. Unknown daughter (d. after 442), married to (in 429) and repudiated by (in 442) Huneric I, King of the Vandals

3. Theoderic II, King of the Visigoths (453-466)

4. Frideric (Friderico), Visigoth military leader

5. Euric I, King of the Visigoths (b. after 435, 466-484)

6. Retemiris (Ricimer), Visigoth military leader

7. Himnerith, Visigoth military leader

8. Unknown daughter, m. 449 in Toulouse Richgar/Requiario, King of the Suevi (d. 456)

No spouse or children.

Basic information and justifications:

Birth: There is no information on his date or location of birth. However, the Visigoths did invade Iberia (present Spain) starting in 409 (he was probably born after this date), and it would not be unreasonable to presume his birth took place there.

Death: He was strangled to death by his two brothers, presumably in Toulouse. No specific date given other than in 453. His rule was said, however, to have been three years, which may indicate a death late in the year (the passage on his duration of rule may have meant that it ended in his third year, or after June 20, 453, the second anniversary of his election).

Spouse, children, burial: No information is given.

Occupation: King of the Visigoths (20 June 451-late 453)

Alternate names: Thorismund, Turismundo, Torismond

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Thorismund, king of the Visigoths's Timeline

Visigoth-occupied Iberia (Present Spain), Roman Empire
Age 42
Toulouse, (Present département de la Haute-Garonne), (Present région Midi-Pyrénées), Visigoth Kingdom (Present France)