The Burgundians, 407-534

The Burgundians did not play a great role in undermining the Western Empire whereas they were defeated by Aetius in 435 and destroyed according to Roman will by the Huns and Herlians one year later. Later in the years 443 and 458 they were resettled to the area of todays Savoy in France. The destruction by Huns and Herlians builds the core element of the Germanic Nibelung Saga which has been later used in Wagner’s great Opera Ring of the Nibelung.

King Gundobad briefly was a player in the last stages of Western politics, holding power as the commander of the Roman Army from 472 to 473. By 534, however, they could no longer resist the power of the Franks, and soon Burgundy became just another piece in the Frankish kingdom.
The Kingdom of the Burgundians remained a unit in the many divisions of the Merovingian and Carolingian domains, until independent kingdoms resulted in the 880’s. The map below shows later subdivisions, which remained distinct for the longest.

Upper and Lower Burgundy became later a united Kingdom, based at Arles. Eventually the Kingdom disappeared, with its parts largely absorbed by France. The name of Burgundy became primarily associated with the French Duchy of Burgundy.

burgundKings of the Burgundii

Gebicca                                                         407
Gunther                                                        407-434
Gundioc/Gunderic                                 434-473
Sapaduia (cisjurane Burgundy)       443
Sequania (transjurane Burgundy) 458
Chilperic I                                                    443-480
Chilperic II                                                   473-493
Gundomar I                                                 473-486
Godegisel                                                     473-501
Gundobad                                                    473-516
Sigismund                                                    516-524
Gudomar II                                                  524-532
overthrown by Franks