Hildigis ( Ildigis ; lat. Hildigisus, Ildihisus ; killed in the first half of the 550s ) - commander , contender for the throne of the Kingdom of Lombard from the Lening dynasty .
|Date of Birth|
|Date of death||first half of the 550s|
|Father||Tato or Risiulf|
According to some sources - the son of the king of the Lombards Tato  , according to others - the grandson, the son of Risiulf    .
After the assassination of King Tato by King Waho around 511, Hildigis fled to the Slavs , becoming their friend and ally    . Hildigis repeatedly made attempts to seize the throne of the Lombards, especially after the suppression of the Lening dynasty in 546 and the accession of King Audoin to the throne. In this, he relied on the enemies of the Lombards - the Gepids  .
Hildigis supported the Gepids in their conflict with the Lombards in 548. When peace was made between the enemies, in the same year, with an army of 6,000 Slavs, he went to Ostrogoth Italy to help the Ostrogoth king Totila and defeated the Byzantine army on the way to Venetia , but then unexpectedly turned back and returned to the land of the Slavs     .
Later, Hildigis arrived in Constantinople and entered the military service of Emperor Justinian I. However, in 552, dissatisfied with the fact that he was not given enough honors as the heir to the Lombard throne, he arbitrarily left the capital, united with the Lombards from among his supporters, defeated two Byzantine troops in Thrace and arrived at the gepids. They just made peace with the Lombards after losing the battle on the Asfeld Field . At the request of King Audoin, hepids killed Hildigis in violation of the customs of hospitality , and in response to the Lombards, they killed the pretender to the Gepid throne, Ustrigot , the son of the former king of the Gepids, Gelemund    .
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