Cunibert or Cunipert) was king of the
688 to 700. He succeeded his father Perctarit, though he was
associated with the throne from 680.
Soon after his assumption of the sole kingship, Cunincpert was ousted
by Alahis, duke of
Brescia (who had previously been duke of Trento).
Alahis had also rebelled during the reign of Perctarit, but it was
Cunincpert who, according to
Paul the Deacon
Paul the Deacon in the Historia
Langobardorum, had persuaded his father to show mercy.
reported to have warned his son of the consequences. It was thus soon
after Perctarit's death that
Alahis forced Cunincpert to flee to Isola
Comacina, an island in the middle of Lake Como.
The only extant record of the rule of
Alahis is contained in Book V of
Paul the Deacon's Historia Langobardorum. His rule is portrayed as
burdensome and tyrannical, and particularly antagonistic to the
Catholic Church. Having lost the support of the Church and, crucially,
of the 'people' (notably the brothers Aldo and Grauso of Brescia),
Cunincpert was able to return to Pavia and resume control. Alahis,
however was able to acquire sufficient support to bring the matter to
battle. Cunincpert, with the men of Piedmont, defeated
Alahis and the
men of Venetia at the Battle of Coronate, on the Horn of the Adda,
near Lodi, in 689.
Alahis was slain in battle.
Cunincpert suppressed other insurrections during his reign, including
that of the usurper
Duke Ansfrid of Friuli.
He also successfully settled the schism in the Italian church between
Aquileia and Grado.
He died in 700 and was succeeded by his young son Liutpert, the regent
Ansprand, and many rebels. Many wars took place during his reign. He
is notably the first Lombard monarch to strike coins in his image.
King of the Lombards
King of the Lombards
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