Saint Hermengild

detail from the painting 'The Triumph of Hermengild'; by Francisco de Herrera the Younger, 1654, oil on canvas; Museo del Prado, Madrid, Spain; swiped from Wikimedia Commons; click for source imageAlso known as

  • Ermengild
  • Ermengildo
  • Hermenegild

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Son of the Spanish Visigoth Arian king Levigild, and raised in Arianism. In 579 he married the Catholic princess Indgund, who, with Saint Leander, bishop of Seville, Spain, converted him back to orthodox Christianity. Immediately disinherited by his father.

Publicly renounced and fought against Arianism; he expected support from outside antiArian groups, but it never materialized, and he was defeated by his father‘s forces. King of Seville. At one point he reconciled with his father, but his step-mother, Goswintha, caused friction between them because of her staunch Arian views. Arrested, tortured, and martyred on orders of his father for refusing to denounce Catholicism and refusing to accept communion from a heretic bishop.

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  • “Saint Hermengild“. CatholicSaints.Info. 13 April 2012. Web. 6 May 2015. <>