Sigebert II

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See Sigeberht II of Essex for the Saxon ruler by that name
Sigebert II
King of Burgundy and Austrasia
Sceau de Sigebert II.jpg
Royal seal of Sigebert II, National Archives, Paris
Reign 613
Coronation 613
Born 602
Died 613
Predecessor Theuderic II
Successor Clotaire II (Reunion of entire Frankish kingdom)
Dynasty Merovingian
Father Theuderic II
Mother Ermenberge

Sigebert II (602[1]–613) or Sigisbert II, was the illegitmate son of Ermenberge and Theuderic II, from whom he inherited the kingdoms of Burgundy and Austrasia in 613. However, he fell under the influence of his great-grandmother, Brunhilda. Warnachar, mayor of the palace of Austrasia had Sigebert brought before a national assembly, where he was proclaimed king by the nobles over both his father's kingdoms. However, when the kingdom was invaded by Clotaire II of Neustria, Warnachar and Rado, mayor of the palace of Burgundy, betrayed Sigebert and Brunhilda and joined with Clotaire, recognising Clotaire as rightful regent and guardian of Sigebert and ordering the army not to oppose the Neustrians. Brunhilda and Sigebert met Clotaire's army on the Aisne, but the Patrician Aletheus, Duke Rocco, and Duke Sigvald deserted her host and Brunhilda and Sigebert were forced to flee, before being taken by Clotaire's men at Lake Neuchâtel. Brunhilda, Sigebert and Sigebert's younger brother Corbo were executed by Clotaire's orders, and Austrasia and Neustria were reunited under Clotaire's rule, who now ruled the entire kingdom of the Franks.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Bruno Dumézil, La reine Brunehaut, éditions Fayard, Paris, 2008, pp.314, 319.
Sigebert II
Born: 601 Died: 613
Preceded by
Theuderic II
King of Austrasia and Burgundy
613
Succeeded by
Clotaire II