Saint Hermengild

Also known as

  • Ermengild
  • Ermengildo
  • Hermenegild



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 anti-Arian 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.





Additional Information

MLA Citation

  • “Saint Hermengild“. 24 March 2014. Web. 27 December 2014. <>