A few words on: Totila, King of the Goths in Corsica

Totila was a Ostrogoth prince elected king in 541, replacing Vitigès.
In 551, he armed a fleet which was put under the direction of Indulf, a Byzantine deserter, and seized Corsica.
The Corsicans, who had been offended by the rapacity and corruption of the Greek imperialists, joyfully received the Totila’s Goths.
For Justinien, this was just too much.
He sent his General Narsès to Italy with an army composed largely of potential mercenaries ‘barbarians’ – Huns, Lombards, Gepids and Herules.

A decisive battle took place near Pavie, in 552

It’s was a painful defeat for the Ostrogoths and Totila was mortally wounded after the battle by a young Gepid, named Asbad.
For another three years they continued to resist, under the command of a new leader Teja. However, at his death the Goths asked to surrender.
Corsica and Sardinia, who were not included in the capitulation, refused to submit, and maybe the dislike they had for the Greek domination encouraged the Goths to resist.
At the sight of the Narsès armada, the Goths fearing to harm the interests of their compatriots from the Continent through their resistance, accepted the conditions of the Treaty of Novara. A small number remained on the island, whilst the others were transported to the shores of Naples in 559.

 

Source: Histoire générale de la Corse
Jacobi

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