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Genial

Genial

[jeen-yuhl, jee-nee-uhl]
Genial, Genialis, or Genealis was the Duke of Gascony (Vasconia) from 602 to his death in 627. The chief source for his existence is Fredegar.

Genial was probably a Frank or a Gallo-Roman when Theuderic II and Theudebert II appointed him dux over the Basques (Vascones) of southwestern Aquitaine:

Theudebert and Theuderic sent an army against the Wascones and with God's help defeated them, subjected them to their overlordship, and made them pay tribute. They appoited a duke named Genialis, who ruled them well.

Some scholars believe Genial was more of a tribal leader over whom the Frankish sovereigns exercised a vague suzerainty than a Frankish court official sent to the outskirts of the realm to lord it over a subject people. Sometime around 612, Sisebut, king of the Visigoths, recaptured the transpyrenean portion of his realm. He was succeeded by Aeghyna.

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