Chapter 1. The Vandals in History

  1. Andy Merrills and
  2. Richard Miles

Published Online: 15 JAN 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9781444318074.ch1

The Vandals

The Vandals

How to Cite

Merrills, A. and Miles, R. (2010) The Vandals in History, in The Vandals, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444318074.ch1

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 15 JAN 2010
  2. Published Print: 5 FEB 2010

Book Series:

  1. The Peoples of Europe

Book Series Editors:

  1. James Campbell and
  2. Barry Cunliffe

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405160681

Online ISBN: 9781444318074



  • Vandals in fifth century history;
  • chaos within Mediterranean and a crumbling western Roman empire;
  • Vandals, powerful groups - North Africa, as a jewel in the Imperial Crown;
  • Vandals and their successes and prosperous kingdoms;
  • Vandal piracy, plague on Mediterranean shipping;
  • Vandals' heretical beliefs and vicious persecution of orthodox ‘Nicene’ Christians;
  • short-lived Vandal kingdom - losing to resurgent eastern Roman Empire of Justinian;
  • great decline of Roman west and the Vandals - drifting into obscurity;
  • Vandals, cruel persecutors and violent savages;
  • re-assessing Vandals - perspective of twenty-first century


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • ‘The Romantic Vandals’

  • ‘The Destructive Vandals’

  • ‘The German(ic) Vandals’

  • The Vandals in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries