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Vitiges
Vitiges
or Witiges (died 540) was king of the Ostrogoths
Ostrogoths
in Italy
Italy
from 536 to 540.[1] He succeeded to the throne of Italy
Italy
in the early stages of the Gothic War, as Belisarius
Belisarius
had quickly captured Sicily
Sicily
the previous year and was currently in southern Italy
Italy
at the head of the forces of Justinian I, the Eastern Roman Emperor. According to Procopius, he had a commander in this war named Vacis. Vitiges
Vitiges
was the husband of Amalasuntha's only surviving child, Matasuntha.[2] The panegyric upon the wedding in 536 was delivered by Cassiodorus, the praetorian prefect, and survives, a traditionally Roman form of rhetoric that set the Gothic dynasty in a flatteringly Roman light. Soon after he was made king, Vitiges
Vitiges
had his predecessor Theodahad murdered.[3] Theodahad
Theodahad
had enraged the Goths because he failed to send any assistance to Naples when it was besieged by the Byzantines, led by Belisarius. Justinian's general Belisarius
Belisarius
took both Vitiges
Vitiges
and Matasuntha as captives to Constantinople,[4] and Vitiges
Vitiges
died there, without any children. After his death, Matasuntha married the patrician Germanus Justinus, a nephew of Justinian I
Justinian I
by his sister Vigilantia.[5] In fiction[edit] Vitiges
Vitiges
appears as a character in the time travel novel Lest Darkness Fall, by L. Sprague de Camp.

Regnal titles

Preceded by Theodahad King of the Ostrogoths 536–540 Succeeded by Ildibad

References[edit]

^ Edward Gibbon; Henry Hart Milman (1880). The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire. Harper & brothers. p. 271.  ^ Julius von Pflugk-Harttung; John Henry Wright (1905). The great migrations. Lea brothers & company. p. 374.  ^ John H. Rosser (2012). Historical Dictionary of Byzantium. Scarecrow Press. p. 458. ISBN 978-0-8108-7567-8.  ^ John Stevens Cabot Abbott; Wilfred C. Lay (1900). Italy. P. F. Collier. p. 424.  ^ Robert Rix (13 November 2014). The Barbarian North in Medieval Imagination: Ethnicity, Legend, and Literature. Taylor & Francis. p. 51. ISBN 978-1-317-58968-6. 

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Kings of Italy
Italy
between 476 and 1556

Non-dynastic

Odoacer
Odoacer
(476–493)

Ostrogoths

Theoderic (493–526) Athalaric
Athalaric
(526–534) Theodahad
Theodahad
(534–536) Vitiges
Vitiges
(536–540) Ildibad
Ildibad
(540–541) Eraric
Eraric
(541) Totila
Totila
(541–552) Teia
Teia
(552–553)

Lombards

Alboin
Alboin
(568–572) Cleph
Cleph
(572–574) Interregnum (574–584) Authari
Authari
(584–590) Agilulf
Agilulf
(590–616) Adaloald
Adaloald
(616–626) Arioald
Arioald
(626–636) Rothari
Rothari
(636-652) Rodoald
Rodoald
(652–653) Aripert I
Aripert I
(653–661) Godepert
Godepert
(661–662) Perctarit
Perctarit
(661–662) Grimoald (662–671) Garibald
Garibald
(671) Perctarit
Perctarit
(671–688) Cunipert
Cunipert
(688–689) Alahis
Alahis
(689) Cunipert
Cunipert
(689–700) Liutpert
Liutpert
(700–702) Raginpert
Raginpert
(701) Aripert II
Aripert II
(702–712) Ansprand
Ansprand
(712) Liutprand (712–744) Hildeprand
Hildeprand
(744) Ratchis
Ratchis
(744–749) Aistulf
Aistulf
(749–756) Desiderius
Desiderius
(756–774)

Carolingians

Charles I (774–814) Pepin (781–810) Bernard (810–818) Lothair I
Lothair I
(818–855) Louis I (855–875) Charles II (875–877) Carloman (877–879) Charles III (879–887) Arnulf (896–899) Ratold (896)

Non-dynastic (title disputed 887–933)

Unruochings: Berengar I (887–924) Guideschi: Guy (889–894) Lambert (891–897) Welfs: Rudolph (922–933) Bosonids: Louis II (900–905) Hugh (926–947) Lothair II (945–950) Anscarids: Berengar II (950–963) Adalbert (950–963)

Kingdom of Italy
Italy
within the Holy Roman Empire (962–1556)

Otto I (962–973) Otto II (980–983) Otto III (996–1002) Arduin I (1002–1014) Henry II (1004–1024) Conrad II (1026–1039) Henry III (1039–1056) Henry IV (1056–1105) Conrad II (1093–1101) Henry V (1106–1125) Lothair III (or II) (1125–1137) Conrad III (1138–1152) Frederick I (1154–1186) Henry VI (1186–1197) Otto IV (1209–1212) Frederick II (1212–1250) Henry VII (1311–1313) Louis IV (1327–1347) Charles IV (1355–1378) Sigismund (1431–1437) Frederick III (1452–1493) Charles V (1530–1556)

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WorldCat Identities VIAF: 42247154 GND: 103146407

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