For the next forty years

For the next forty years - , . Brunhilde,, royalma

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For the next forty years, Frankish rulers were occupied with incessant internecine fighting,  interspersed with territorial additions. Sigibert of Austrasia had married the Visigothic princess  Brunhilde, and Chilperic had married her sister Galswintha, not wanting to be left behind in  royal marriages. He murdered her shortly thereafter and married his concubine Fredegund,  provoking Sigibert's ire. An Austrasian-Neustrian feud then broke out, and Sigibert invaded his  brother's domains, defeating Chilperic and acquiring local count's support for his rule. Fredegund  had him murdered, whereupon Austrasian forces returned, taking their dead leader's infant son  Childebert. King Guntram of Burgundy protected the child, making him the Burgundian heir. His  mother Brunhilde became regent and real ruler of Austrasia. Guntram died in 593, by which time  Chilperic had been assassinated, with Neustrian kingship going to his son Clothar II. When 
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This note was uploaded on 12/11/2011 for the course HIST 1320 taught by Professor Murphy during the Fall '08 term at Texas State.

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