Walter of Aquitaine

Walter Of Aquitaine

Walter of Aquitaine

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Walter of Aquitaine is a legendary king of the Visigoths. He figures in several epic poems and narratives in medieval languages:



The most complete of these is the second, the 9th century Latin epic poem Waltharius, in which Walter fights single-handedly against the Burgundian king Gunther and his retinue, killing all attackers except for Gunther and Hagen. In later literature, Walter figures in Scheffel's novel Ekkehard (1887).

Walter is not a historical king, but the historical nucleus of the events lies in the 5th century (the reign of the Balti dynasty), after king Wallia established a Visigothic kingdom in Aquitaine in 417, clashing with the Vandals under king Gunderic....
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