Sigebert I of Austrasia King of Austrasia  24,595
- Born: 535
- Marriage: Brunchildis (Brunhildis) of Spain  in 561 in Metz, France
- Died: 575 at age 40
King of the Franks.
Frankish king of the Merovingian dynasty, son of Chlotar I and Ingund; he successfully pursued a civil war against his half brother, Chilperic I.
When Chlotar I died in 561, his kingdom was divided, in accordance with Frankish custom, among his four sons; Sigebert became king of the northeastern portion, known as Austrasia, to which he added further territory on the death of his brother, Charibert I, in 567 or 568. Incursions by the Avars, a fierce nomadic tribe related to the Huns, compelled him to move his capital from Reims to Metz; he had twice to repel their attacks (562 and c. 568). About 567 he married Brunhild, daughter of the Visigothic king Athanagild, whose other daughter, Galswintha, married Chilperic. When Chilperic had Galswintha murdered in order to marry Fredegund, Sigebert was obliged to seek revenge. The two brothers had already fought each other, but this hostility was elevated by the incident into a long and bitter war that was continued by the descendants of both. Sigebert defeated Chilperic, conquered most of his kingdom, and compelled him to hide in Tournai. But at his moment of triumph, when he had just been acclaimed king by Chilperic's subjects at Vitry, he was struck down by two assassins in the service of Fredegund.
Frankish king of Austrasia (561\endash 75), son of Clotaire I. He constantly feuded with his brother Chilperic I, who had inherited the western portion of the Frankish lands, which came to be known as Neustria. The hatred between the two was intensified after Chilperic murdered (567) his wife, Galswintha, who was the sister of Sigebert's wife, Brunhilda. When Chilperic attacked Austrasia in 573, a desire for vengeance made Sigebert vindictive, and in the fighting he overran Neustria. He was about to be proclaimed king of Neustria when he was assassinated by order of Fredegunde, whom Chilperic had married after Galswintha's death.
Noted events in his life were:
• Acceded, 561.
Sigebert married Brunchildis (Brunhildis) of Spain  [MRIN: 1917], daughter of Athanagild King of the Visigoths  and Unknown, in 561 in Metz, France. (Brunchildis (Brunhildis) of Spain  was born about 540 and died in 613 in Renève.)