Felix V
Pope Felix V.jpg
Later depiction of Pope Felix V
Papacy began 12 april 744
Papacy ended 30 october 758
Predecessor John Francis II
Successor Vitalian II
13th Archbishop of Buteridava
Time in office 735 -744
Predecessor Ansiric Bessas
Successor Amovar Umund
13th Leader of the Assembly
Time in Office 721-726


Predecessor Munderic Aric

Sigeric Bessas

Successor Sigeric Bessas

Arimir Umund

Time in Office 708-721
Spouse Harmena Bessas
Issue Vidimir Hunigild

Amaric Hunigild
Valdamerca Hunigild
Vandalar Hunigild

Languages Gepid, Greek, Latin
House House Hunigild
Father Hiderid Hunigild
Mother Marieri Aric
Born Witiric Hunigild
Buteridava, Gepid Republic
Died 30 october 758
Rome, Papal States
Religion Nicene Christianity
Pope Felix V, born Witiric Hunigild, was Pope from the 12 April 744 to his death. After the take of Rome and the death of Pope John Francis II in 739 during the end of the War for the Ashes of Rome, the Papacy was left vacant for 5 years. The Gepid Republic would use this time to push their archbishop as the main candidate, leading to his election under the name of Felix V.

Historian point out many controversy in Felix V election. First of all, he was at the time married and had four children, which was seen by manyas an insult to the office. Also, he was never appointed Cardinal by John Francis, and was actually elected archbishop byt the Gepid Senate rather than chosen by the Pope. Finally, his election was mainly due to the pressure and intimidation of the Gepid Consul Hermenigild Valomer, who was keeping his men into Rome after the conquest of the city. However, due to the Gepid being favorable to both Franks and Byzantines, none of them opposed the election, and 5 years vacancy proved the necessity of electing a Pope soon.

Early Life

Born Witiric Hunigild, he is a member of one of the Five Founding Families of the Gepid Republic. Because of this, he was raised in opulensce and power, but was also promised to a political carrer at adult age.

His father, Hiderid Hunigild, became archbishop in 694, and kept the title until he was replaced in 700. However, Hiderid was elected Consul five years later. He tried to continue the policy of peace and neutrality. But the fear of invasion from the Senate resulted in his downfall, and he lost the next election to Recimer Valomer, and died 3 years later.

By that time, Witiric was already Suspectant and aged of 33 years old, having a wife and children. He was by twice the Leader of the Assembly, occupying the position during the first years of the War for the Ashes of Rome. Because his wife was member of House Bessas (who controlled the Senate at the time), he was able to be elected Archbishop in 735.

In 739, Pope John Francis II died during his captivity by the Visigoths. By the time, Rome had been conqured, but the Franks lost their king during the fight, leaving the city into the hands of the Gepid Consul, Hermenigild Valomer. Because of this, the Senate sent Witiric to be elected as Pope in Rome, and with the help of the Consul's intimidation skills, he was elected Pope in 744 after 5 years of vacancy, taking the name Felix V.


One of his first actions as pope was to declare his predecessor John Francis II a Servant of God, claiming he would continue his goal of creating a Papal State, and that he would respect the deal made at the Christian Meeting of Buteridava by organizing a Council. He also divorced of his wife, as he thought staying married would not help his papacy.

Under Gepid Senate's suggestion, he agreed to attempt the Conference of Toulouse with the Kingdom of Hispania, foremly the Visigothic Kingdom, in hope of finally ending the War for the Ashes of Rome.

He gained control of Rome as part of the Papal States in 755 after the difficult division of Italy between the Coalition members. His iconoclast views lead to the destructions of many pieces of arts in the Vatican, which made him impopular among the religious officials.

He died from old age in october 30 758. After his death, a frankish cardinal named Karl Adering was elected pope under the name of Vitalian II. Felix V's successor promply restored the icones and artworks in the Vatican. Because of the fear of Felix V's iconoclast views, no Gepid Pope would be elected during the following century.

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