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Godigisel (359–406) was King of the Hasdingi Vandals until his death in 406.[1] It is unclear when or how he became king; however, in 405 he formed and led a coalition of Germanic peoples, including the Hasdingi Vandals, Silingi Vandals, Suebi, and others from Pannonia with the intention of invading Roman Gaul. Before crossing the Rhine River into Gaul, he was killed in the battle of Mainz against the Franks late in 406. Shortly after his death, his people crossed the Rhine River into the territory of the Roman Empire, possibly while it was frozen.

Godigisel was succeeded by his eldest surviving son, Gunderic, who led the Vandals into Gaul and later to Hispania. But Godigisel was best known as the father of Genseric, who succeeded Gunderic to the kingship in 428 and ruled for 49 years, establishing a powerful kingdom in North Africa.


  1. ^ Carl Waldman; Catherine Mason (2006). Encyclopedia of European Peoples. Infobase Publishing. p. 823. ISBN 978-1-4381-2918-1.
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King of the Vandals
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