Visigoths

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Detail o the votive croun o Reccesuinth frae the Treasur o Guarrazar, hangin in Madrid. The hangin letters spell [R]ECCESVINTHUS REX OFFERET [Keeng R. offers this].[1]

The Visigoths (Laitin: Visigothi, Wisigothi, Vesi, Visi, Wesi, or Wisi) an Ostrogoths wur branches o the nomadic tribes o Germanic fowks referred tae collectively as the Goths. These tribes flourished an spread during the late Roman Empire in Late Antiquity, or the Migration Period. The Visigoths emerged frae earlier Gothic groups (possibly the Thervingi)[2] who haed invadit the Roman Empire, beginnin in 376, an haed defeatit the Romans at the Battle o Adrianople in 378. The Visigoths unner Alaric I invadit Italy an sacked Roum in 410; bi this time, at least the elite wur Arian Christians, but regardit as heretics bi the Catholic Kirk. Thair lang history o migration led the Visigoths tae compare themselves tae the Biblical Ebreu fowk who haed wandered for forty years in the Sinai Desert. Efter the Visigoths sacked Roum, thay began settlin doun, first in soothren Gaul an eventually in Spain an Portugal, whaur thay foondit the Kinrick o the Visigoths.

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  1. The first R is held at the Musée de Cluny, Paris.
  2. Heather, 52–57, 300–301.