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Örjan Martinsson

Kings of the Suevi

Suevi was a name the Romans used on several Germanic tribes, one of them were the Quadi who lived in Moravia in the present day Czech republic and often attacked the Roman Empire. The pressure from the Huns put several Germanic tribes in motion in the beginning of the fifth century and on New Years Eve 406 the Rhine was crossed by an alliance of Hasdingian and Silingian Vandals, Quadi and Alans. They ravaged Gaul the following three years after which they went to the Iberian Peninsula, which they divided between themselves 411. The Quadi who now was only called Suevi got Galicia in the north-western part of the peninsula. The Suevi kingdom expanded its territory during the middle of the fifth century so that it controlled almost all of the Iberian Peninsula. But their expansion came to an abrupt end when their kingdom was crushed by the Visigoths 456. Thereafter followed a decade of internal division among the Suevi until they disappeared from history all together. When they reappear in the historical sources in the middle of the sixth century their kingdom is reduced to Galicia again and it is finally conquered by the Visigoths 585. 

Of all the Germanic kingdoms that emerged from the ruins of the Roman Empire, the Suevi kingdom is the one we know the least about. Apart from the unknown period of 469-520 there are also question marks over several of the known kings as well. Richimund and Remisund can be two different kings or just two different spellings of the same name. Likewise can Ariamir and Theodemar either be brothers or the same person.

409-438
428-448
448-456
456-457
456-457
457-459
459-463
459-463
459-469
469-520
520-550
550-559
559-561
561-570
570-583
583-584
584-585
585

Hermerico
Requila
Requiario
Frantán
Aguiulfo
Maldras
Requimundo
Frumario
Remismundo
Period unknown
Teodemundo
Karriarico
Ariamiro
Teodomiro
Miro
Eborico
Andeca
Amalarico
Hermeric
Rechila
Rechiar
Frantan
Aioulf
Maldras
Richimund
Frumar
Remisund

Theodemund
Carriaric
Ariamir
Theodemar
Miro
Eboric
Andeca
Amalaric