AMALARIC (d. 531), king of the Visigoths, son of Alaric II.,
was a child when his father fell in battle against Clovis,
king of the Franks (507). He was carried for safety into
Spain, which country and Provence were thenceforth ruled by
his maternal grandfather, Theodoric the Ostrogoth, acting
through his vice-regent, an Ostrogothic nobleman named
Theudis. In 522 the young Amalaric was proclaimed king,
and four years later, on Theodoric's death, he assumed full
royal power in Spain and a part of Languedoc, relinquishing
Provence to his cousin Athalaric. He married Clotilda,
daughter of Clovis; but his disputes with her, he being
an Arian and she a Catholic, brought on him the penalty
of a Frankish invasion, in which he lost his life in 531.
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