Austrovald, Astrobald, and Austrevald ["Astrovaldo" in Castilian and "Austrowalde" in French.] (died 607) was the
Duke of Aquitainefrom 587.
Austrovald was probably a
count of Toulouseuntil that year, when he was appointed to succeeded the "dux" Desiderius in Aquitaine, by King Guntram. [Collins, p 85. Gregory, IX.7.]
Chilperic Iand then the usurper Gundoald, a "dux" named Bladastwas acting as duke over the region of Aquitaine. The "dux" Austrovald was sent in 587 to pacify the Basquesof Vasconia, a difficult enterprise in which he was none too successful, for he lost many men to captivity and the Basques are found as far as the Garonneby 602. [Ibid, p 84. Higounet, p 18.] Bordeauxprobably formed the chief fortified frontier city of Austrovald's watch. [Ibid.] It is probable that the Basques were forced to pay tribute, but left under their own laws. [Sedycias.] It is out of this that a separate Gascon duchy was created in 602, probably within Aquitaine. [Ibid.]
In 589, Austrovald held command of the forces of
Périgueux, Agen, Saintes, and Bordeaux, when he invaded Septimania. [Lewis, p 392n67. Gregory, IX.7.] Twice he marched on Visigothic Carcassonnebut failed to take it. [Ibid, VIII.45 and IX.31. Collins, p 85.]
Austrovald was succeeded by
Sereusafter a short reign. [Monlezun, p 221.]
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*Lewis, Archibald R. " [http://links.jstor.org/sici?sici=0038-7134%28197607%2951%3A3%3C381%3ATDITRF%3E2.0.CO%3B2-8 The Dukes in the Regnum Francorum, A.D. 550-751.] " "Speculum", Vol. 51, No 3 (July 1976), pp 381–410
*Monlezun, Jean Justin. [http://books.google.com/books/pdf/Histoire_de_la_Gascogne.pdf?id=sHW_kCR87l8C&output=pdf&sig=KDJUp8tgj00AvnNhQuhkFl1Daow "Histoire de la Gascogne".] 1864.
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