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Amalasuntha

regent queen ostrogoths

Queen and regent of the Ostrogoths (526–34). Daughter of Theodoric, she was regent for her son Athalaric from 526, and at his death (534) became Queen of the Ostrogoths. She followed her father's policies and reorganized the kingdom's administration, ruling that the monarch should arbitrate over the election of popes and bishops. Her reign was unstable due to pressure from barbarian tribes and the Goths' discontent. When her son died she shared the throne with her cousin Theodahad, who exiled her to Bolsena and had her killed. This gave Justinian the pretext for the Gothic War.

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