Male - 540    Has no ancestors and no descendants in this family tree.

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  • Name Witiges  
    Relationshipwith Francis Fox
    Gender Male 
    Died 540 
    Person ID I544572  Geneagraphie
    Last Modified 3 Aug 2007 

    Family Matasuentha,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Married 536 
    Last Modified 3 Aug 2007 
    Family ID F229878  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • He succeeded to the throne of Italy in the early stages of the Gothic War , as Belisarius had quickly captured Sicily the previous year and was currently in southern Italy at the head of the forces of Justinian I , the Eastern Roman Emperor . Witiges was the husband of Amalasuntha 's only surviving child, Mathesuentha , a marriage designed to bolster his claim to kingship. The panegyric upon the wedding in 536 was delivered by Cassiodorus , the praetorian prefect , and survives, a traditionally Roman form of rhetoric that set the Gothic dynasty in a flatteringly Roman light. Witiges had Theodahad murdered after the imprisonment and death of his mother-in-law. Justinian's general Belisarius took both Witiges and Mathesuentha as captives to Constantinople , and Witiges died there, without any children. After his death Mathesuentha married the patrician Germanus , a nephew of Justinian I by his sister Vigilantia.

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