List of Galician monarchs

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List of Visigothic monarchs
List of Galician Suebic monarchs

Galicia is an autonomous community and historical nationality in modern-day northwestern Spain on the Iberian Peninsula, which was and continues to be a major part of the Roman province known as Gallaecia prior to 409. It consists of the provinces of A Coruña, Lugo, Ourense and Pontevedra. It is bounded on the north by the Cantabrian Sea, to the south by Portugal, to the west by the Atlantic Ocean and to the east by principality of Asturias and the community of Castile and León. Galicia belongs to the archipelago of the Cíes Islands, the Ons archipelago, the Sálvora archipelago and other island such as Cortegada, Arousa, the Sisargas or the Malveiras.

Galicia has about 2,795,422 inhabitants which mainly combines the coastal strip between Ferrol and A Coruña in the northwest and between Vilargarcía de Arousa and Vigo in the southwest.

The medieval and modern Kingdom of Galicia derived of the kingdom of the Suebi, founded by king Hermeric in 409. By the 6th century the kingdom of the Suebi was already known as Kingdom of Galicia, Gregory of Tours being the first chronicler to use this denomination.[1]

Suebic Kings of Galicia (409–585)[edit]

A silver half-siliqua coin of a Suevic king of Galicia from c. 410–500.

First Royal Dynasty (409–456)

Kings during a Suebic Civil War (457–469) Note: the civil war split the kingdom, and multiple kings ruled smaller regions of Galicia.

Dark Period (469–550)

Final Suevic Period (550–585)

Visigothic Kings of Galicia, Hispania and Septimania[edit]

The Visigoth kings took control of Galicia in 585, which became the sixth province of the Kingdom of Toledo. Anyhow, Galicia maintained a distinguishable administrative and legal identity up to the collapse of the Visigothic monarchy:

From the fall of the Visigothic kingdom until the beginning of the 10th century, Galicia was integrated with other Christian kingdoms of the Iberian peninsula (Kingdom of Asturias and Kingdom of León).

Kings of Galicia[edit]

In 910, Alfonso III the Great was forced to abdicate in favor of his sons, who partitioned the kingdom. This resulted in a briefly independent kingdom of Galicia:

In 914, Ordoño acquired the throne at León, reuniting his father's kingdom. On the death of his brother Fruela II of León in 925, there was a period of competing claimants, being made king in Galicia:

The death of Sancho led to Galicia again becoming part of the Kingdom of León, with which it was joined until 982, when the Galician nobility crowned in Santiago de Compostela an anti-king:

Bermudo routed Ramiro III of León in the battle of Portela de Areas, later becoming undisputed ruler of the Leonese kingdom, and so reunifying the realm.

Jiménez dynasty (1037–1111)[edit]

Upon the death of Ferdinand I of León and Castile in 1065, Castile, León, and Galicia became three separated kingdoms:

  • García II (1065–1072) - reigned in Galicia and Portugal until deposed by his brother Alfonso in 1072, after which he was kept chained in a castle until his death in 1090.

Alfonso VI of León reunited the Kingdoms of Castile, León and Galicia.

House of Burgundy[edit]

  • Alfonso VII (1111–1126) – In 1111 he was crowned as the mediatized king of Galicia in Santiago de Compostela as his mother's heir apparent, and in 1126 he succeeded Urraca as king of León, Castile and Toledo. Galicia was again merged within the larger realm, its size reduced in 1139 when Afonso Henriques won the independence of the County of Portugal. From 1152 on Alfonso VII associated his sons to the throne, Ferdinand receiving the title of King of Galicia. On the death of his father, in 1156, Fernando became King of León.
  • Ferdinand II, king of León (1156–1188) and Galicia (1152–1188)

He was succeeded by his son:

  • Alfonso IX, king of León and Galicia (1188–1230)

With the accession to the throne of Ferdinand III of Castile in 1230, the Kingdom of Galicia became dynastically united with the kingdoms of León, Castile and Toledo inside the Crown of Castile, but maintaining its personality as a kingdom, and its own legal institutions.

During the early reign Ferdinand IV, his uncle disputed the title with him and claimed to be king of León, Galicia and Seville

Portuguese House of Burgundy[edit]

Following Peter I of Castile's death, a succession crisis occurred. During this time, the throne of Galiza was offered to Ferdinand I of Portugal, a member of the Portuguese House of Burgundy, and he was acclaimed in Galiza as King. His reign would see the opening of trade between the two nations and economic benefits for both. This reign, however, would be short, once Henry II of Castile demanded that Ferdinand give up the throne to Castile. Ferdinand did so easily, having not saw Galicia as an integral part of the Portuguese nation.

English House of Lancaster[edit]

In 1386, John of Gaunt pressed the claim for his wife (and himself), to the throne of Castile. He successfully invaded Galicia and held most of the country until he was defeated in 1387.

Dynasty of Avis[edit]

Royal pantheon of the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela
Raymond of Burgundy
Sepulcher of count Raymond of Burgundy, lord of Galicia, and father of Alfonso VII (d. 1107) 
Ferdinand II
Sepulcher of king Ferdinand II (d. 1187) 
Alfonso IX
Sepulcher of king Alfonso IX (d. 1230) 
Pedro Fróilaz de Traba
Sepulcher of count Pedro Fróilaz de Traba, protector of king Alfonso VII (d. 1128) 

References[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Quo defuncto, filius eius Eurichus Leuvichildi regis amicitias expetiit, dataque, ut pater fecerat, sacramenta, regnum Galliciensim suscepit. Hoc vero anno cognatus eius Audica, qui sororem illius disponsatam habebat, cum exercitu venit; adpraehensumque clericum facit ac diaconatus sibi praesbiterii ei inponi honorem iobet. Ipse quoque acceptam soceri sui uxorem, Galliciensim regnum obtenuit." Gregory of Tours, Historiarum, VI.43.

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