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Iudila or Judila (fl. 630s) was a Visigoth who carried out a rebellion against King Sisenand soon after the latter had overthrown Suinthila (631).

Knowledge of him comes from two coins with the inscription "Iudila Rex".

According to Caroline Humphrey, he was of Jewish origin.[1] His birthname was Judah, Yehudah (יהודה), but he was called Judila ("Little Judah") by the Goths.[2] In medieval Jewish tradition, Suinthila is regarded as a good and tolerant but Sisenand returned to the anti-Jewish policy of King Sisebut.[3]

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Iudila is the protagonist of Marc Graham's novel, Son of the Sea, Daughter of the Sun.


  1. ^ Caroline Humphrey, Kingship and the Kings, Harwood Academic Publishers, 1989, p. 69.
  2. ^ Classical folia : studies in the Christian perpetuation of the classics, Institute for Early Christian Iberian Studies, College of the Holy Cross, 1977, p. 43–44.
  3. ^ Bernard Bachrach, Early Medieval Jewish Policy in Western Europe, University of Minnesota Press, 1977, p. 11–12.

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