Fafila (Asturias)

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Fafila (Spanish: Favila) († 739 ) was the son of the first king (or prince) of Asturias , Pelayo , and was his successor in 737 after the death of his father. He built the church of Santa Cruz de Cangas de Onís in the then capital of the empire, Cangas de Onís , whose dedicatory inscription from 737 has been preserved. There Fafila's wife Froiliuba and children of the king not named are mentioned. According to Asturian chroniclers , Fafila was killed by a bear while hunting. Apparently, after his death, no male descendants of Pelayo were alive or underage; therefore Alfonso I , Pelayo's son-in-law, came to power in 739 . The trustworthy sources do not provide any details about Fafila's children and their fate.

Source editions

  • Yves Bonnaz (Ed.): Chroniques asturiennes . Éditions du CNRS, Paris 1987, ISBN 2-222-03516-3 (Latin text of the main sources with French translation and detailed commentary)
  • Juan Gil Fernández (Ed.): Crónicas asturianas , Oviedo 1985, ISBN 84-600-4405-X (Latin text and Spanish translation)


  • Paulino García Toraño: Historia de el Reino de Asturias . Oviedo 1986, ISBN 84-398-6586-4 , pp. 79-81

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  1. Bonnaz (1987) p. 159.
predecessor Office successor
Pelayo King of Asturias
Alfons I.