Reasons for Political Instability in the Visigothic Kingdom in Iberia
Washington College Review, Vol.15 (2007)
Europe experienced significant changes during the fourth and fifth centuries of the Common Era, as the Roman Empire declined and several new kingdoms rose to prominence in the West as a result of the migrations of various Germanic and Asiatic peoples and the opportunities these peoples had to exercise political power in the absence of Roman authority.
One of the new Germanic kingdoms was the Kingdom of theVisigoths in Spain.The Visigoths created a kingdom in Iberia through an alliance with Rome made under the rule of Wallia, whileTheodoric and Swintilla completed the Visigothic conquest of Iberia. However, the Visigothic kings who followed these men faced several challenges from “internal enemies” and internal conflicts and dissent among nobles during three hundred years of rule in Iberia.