Sigebert I

born 535
died November? 575, Vitry, near Arras

Frankish king of the Merovingian dynasty.

On the death of his father, Chlotar I, he became king of Austrasia, and he gained further territory on the death of his brother Charibert I (с 567). He repelled attacks by the Avars (562, с 568) and married Brunhild, the daughter of the Visigothic king. Brunhild's sister had married Sigebert's brother Chilperic I and was murdered by him. To avenge his sister-in-law's murder, Sigebert waged civil war against Chilperic, defeating him and taking most of his land. Acclaimed king by his brother's subjects, he was immediately killed by assassins in the service of Fredegund, Chilperic's second wife.

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▪ Merovingian king
born 530–535
died , November? 575, Vitry, near Arras, France

      Frankish king of the Merovingian dynasty, son of Chlotar I and Ingund; he successfully pursued a civil war against his half brother, Chilperic I.

      When Chlotar I died in 561, his kingdom was divided, in accordance with Frankish custom, among his four sons; Sigebert became king of the northeastern portion, known as Austrasia, as well as of portions of Aquitaine and Provence, to which he added further territory on the death of his brother, Charibert I, in 567 or 568. Incursions by the Avars (Avar), a fierce nomadic tribe, compelled him twice to repel their attacks (562 and c. 568). About 566 he married Brunhild, daughter of the Visigothic king Athanagild, whose other daughter, Galswintha, married Chilperic. When Chilperic had Galswintha murdered in order to marry Fredegund, Sigebert was obliged to seek revenge. The two brothers had already fought each other, but this hostility was elevated by the incident into a long and bitter war that was continued by the descendants of both. Sigebert defeated Chilperic, conquered most of his kingdom, and compelled him to hide in Tournai. But at his moment of triumph, when he had just been acclaimed king by Chilperic's subjects at Vitry, he was struck down by two assassins in the service of Fredegund.

▪ king of Essex
also called Sigebert The Little, or Sigebert Parvus
died c. 653

      king of the East Saxons, or Essex, who succeeded when his father and uncles were slain in battle with the West Saxons (c. 617). He probably reigned as a dependent of the West Saxon king Cynegils (q.v.).

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