Recared

Recared

(Recared I) (rĕk`ərĕd), d. 601, Visigothic king in Spain (586–601), son and successor of LeovigildLeovigild
, d. 586, Visigothic king of Spain (568–86), brother and successor of Athanagild. He was joint ruler to 573 with his brother Liuva. He reorganized the administration and assumed a royal pomp that imitated that of the Byzantine court.
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. Although before his accession he had greatly distinguished himself in warfare with the Franks, he did not pursue his father's policy of conquest. He did make war on the Basques and repulsed Frankish invasions, but in general he was pacific. He made peace with the Byzantine Empire, and he seems to have sought to conciliate his Roman subjects. The most important event of his reign was his conversion (c.587–589) to Roman Catholicism; this meant the conversion of the Visigoths, but only after the suppression of a number of Arian revolts and conspiracies. There is good reason for believing that Recared modified the Visigothic law even more than EuricEuric
, d. c.484, king of the Visigoths (466–c.484), brother and successor of Theodoric II. He made Toulouse his capital and under him the Visigothic kingdom reached its greatest extent, including the Iberian peninsula and southern Gaul.
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 or Leovigild. His work is, however, a matter of conjecture. His name is also spelled Reccared.
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The religious union started with the Third Council of Toledo (589) and the conversion of King Recared and his people from Arianism (589), the heresy practiced by the Visigoths, to Catholicism, which was the religion of most of the Hispano-Romans.