Gundioc (Gunderic, Gundowech), King of the Burgundians

Male - 473


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  • Name Gundioc (Gunderic, Gundowech) , King of the Burgundians 
    Suffix King of the Burgundians 
    Gender Male 
    Died 473 
    Notes 
    • “GUNDIOC [Gondion] (-473). The primary source which confirms his parentage has not yet been identified. He succeeded his father in 436 as GUNDIOC King of the Burgundians. The Romans installed the Burgundians in Sapaudia, north of Lake Geneva, in 443 or 447. The Burgundians were expelled from land around Lyon in 458 by Emperor Majorian, but Gundioc became magister militum in Gaul during the reign of Emperor Severus 461-465. Burgundian troops helped the Romans to defend Clermont against the Visigoths in 471 and 472. King Gundioc divided his territories between his four sons. King Gundioc had four children:
      a) GUNDOBAD [Gondebaud] (-516). Gregory of Tours names (in order) "Gundobad, Godegisel, Chilperic and Gundomar" as the four sons of Gundioc King of the Burgunds. He succeeded his father in 473 as GONDEBAUD King of Burgundy, at Geneva.
      b) GODOGISEL (-500). Gregory of Tours names (in order) "Gundobad, Godegisel, Chilperic and Gundomar" as the four sons of Gundioc King of the Burgunds, recording that Gundobad murdered his brother Godogisel. The Liber Historiæ Francorum names "Gundeveus rex Burgundionum…ex genere Athanaric regis" and his four sons "Gundobadus, Godeghiselus, Chilpricus et Godmarus". He succeeded his father in 473 as GODEGISEL King of Burgundy, at Besançon. Gregory of Tours records that Godegisel ruled jointly with his brother Gundobad "over the territory round the Rhône and the Saône and the province of Marseille", but defected to support Clovis King of the Franks when the latter attacked Burgundy, and afterwards established himself as ruleler at Vienne. He was killed when his brother attacked Vienne. The Marii Episcopi Aventicensis Chronica records that "Godegaselo" conspired against "fratrem suum Gundobagaudum" in 500. m THEODELINDIS, daughter of ---. The primary source which confirms her marriage to King Godegisel has not so far been identified.
      c) CHILPERIC (-murdered 486). Gregory of Tours names (in order) "Gundobad, Godegisel, Chilperic and Gundomar" as the four sons of Gundioc King of the Burgunds. The Liber Historiæ Francorum names "Gundeveus rex Burgundionum…ex genere Athanaric regis" and his four sons "Gundobadus, Godeghiselus, Chilpricus et Godmarus", recording that Gundobad killed his brother Chilperic. He succeeded his father in 473 as CHILPERIC King of Burgundy, at Lyon. He became magister militum in Gaul duriring the reign of Emperor Glycinius, exercising authority between Lyon and Geneva. m ---. Gregory of Tours records that Chilperic's wife was drowned by her brother-in-law King Gundobad, after he tied a stone around her neck. The Liber Historiæ Francorum records the same event. King Chilperic had four children:
      i) son. Murdered. The primary source which established his existence has not so far been identified.
      ii) son. Murdered. The primary source which established his existence has not so far been identified.
      iii) SEDELEUBE [Chroma] ([481]-). Gregory of Tours names "Chroma" as the elder daughter of Chilperic, records that she and her sister were driven into exile by their paternal uncle King Gundobad, and that Chroma became a nun. The Liber Histororiæ Francorum also records that "filia…senior…Chrona" was sent into exile after her parents were murdered. Fredegar names "Sædeleuba" as the older daughter of Chilperic. Fredegar records that "Sideleuba regina" had founded the church at Genevneva to which the body of St Victor was taken. Presumably this refers to the daughter of Chilperic King of Burgundy as no other reference to this name has been found. However, the text implies that Sedeleube was married to, or was the widow of, a king at the time, no other reference having been identified in Fredegar to an unmarried daughter of a monarch being referred to as "regina". If this is correct, the identity of her husband is not known. [m --- King of ---.]
      iv) CHROTECHILDIS [Clotilde] ([480]-Tours, monastery of Saint-Martin 544 or 548, bur Paris, basilique des Saints-Apôtres [later église de Sainte-Geneviève]). Gregory of Tours names "Clotilde" as the younger daughter of Chilperic, recording that she and her sister were driven into exile by their paternal uncle King Gundobad, but that the latter accepted a request for her hand in marriage from Clovis King of the Franks. The Liber Historiæ Francorum records that, after the murder of her parents, "filia…iunior…Chrotchilde" was kept in Burgundy where she attracted the attention of Chlodoveo King of the Franks. Fredegar states that Clotilde was driven into exile to Geneva by her uncle, after he allegedly murdered her father, and that King Clovis requested her hand in marriage as a means of controlling Gundobad's power. Gregory of Tours records Clotilde's lack of success in converting her husband to Christianity until the fifteenth year of his reign, when he and his people were baptised by St Rémy Bishop of Reims. Gregory of Tours records that Queen Clotilde became a nun at the church of St Martin at Tours after her husband died. Clotilde was canonised by the Catholic church, her feast day is 3 Jun. m (492) as his second wife, CLOVIS I [Chlodovech] King of the Franks, son of CHILDERIC I King of the Franks & his wife Basina ([464/67]-Paris [27 Nov] 511, bur Paris, basilique des Saints-Apôtres [later église de Sainte-Geneviève]).
      d) GONDEMAR (-murdered 486). Gregory of Tours names (in order) "Gundobad, Godegisel, Chilperic and Gundomar" as the four sons of Gundioc King of the Burgunds. The Liber Historiæ Francorum names "Gundeveus rex Burgundionum…ex genere Athanaric regis" and his four sons "Gundobadus, Godeghiselus, Chilpricus et Godmarus". He succeeded his father in 473 as GONDEMAR I King of Burgundy, at Vienne. He was murdered by his brother Gondebaud.” [1]
    Person ID I10873  Lowell&Block
    Last Modified 16 Jul 2014 

    Father Guntiarius (Gundahar), King of the Burgundians,   b. Abt 383,   d. 437  (Age ~ 54 years) 
    Family ID F3797  Group Sheet

    Children 
     1. Gondebaud (Gundobad), King of Burgundy,   d. 516
    +2. Godegisel, King of the Burgundians in Vienne & Geneva,   b. Abt 443,   d. Abt 501  (Age ~ 58 years)
    +3. Chilperic, King of Burgundy,   b. Abt 443,   d. Abt 486  (Age ~ 43 years)
     4. Gondemar I, King of Burgundy
    Last Modified 16 Jul 2014 
    Family ID F3794  Group Sheet

  • Sources 
    1. [S87] Foundation for Medieval Genealogy., Foundation for Medieval Genealogy Trustees..