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The LOMBARDS or LONGOBARDS ( Latin
Latin
: _Langobardi_, Italian _Longobardi_ ) were a Germanic people who ruled large parts of the Italian Peninsula from 568 to 774.

The Lombard historian Paul the Deacon wrote in the _Historia Langobardorum _ that the Lombards
Lombards
descended from a small tribe called the _Winnili_, who dwelt in southern Scandinavia
Scandinavia
(_Scadanan_) before migrating to seek new lands. In the 1st century AD, they formed part of the Suebi , in northwestern Germany
Germany
. By the end of the 5th century, they had moved into the area roughly coinciding with modern Austria
Austria
north of the Danube
Danube
river, where they subdued the Heruls and later fought frequent wars with the Gepids . The Lombard king Audoin defeated the Gepid
Gepid
leader Thurisind in 551 or 552; his successor Alboin eventually destroyed the Gepids at the Battle of Asfeld in 567.

Following this victory, Alboin decided to lead his people to Italy, which had become severely depopulated and devastated after the long Gothic War (535–554) between the Byzantine Empire
Byzantine Empire
and the Ostrogothic Kingdom
Ostrogothic Kingdom
there. The Lombards
Lombards
were joined by numerous Saxons , Heruls, Gepids, Bulgars , Thuringians , and Ostrogoths , and their invasion of Italy was almost unopposed. By late 569 they had conquered all north of Italy and the principal cities north of the Po River except Pavia
Pavia
, which fell in 572. At the same time, they occupied areas in central Italy and southern Italy. They established a Lombard Kingdom in north and central Italy, later named _ Regnum Italicum _ ("Kingdom of Italy"), which reached its zenith under the 8th-century ruler Liutprand . In 774, the Kingdom was conquered by the Frankish King Charlemagne
Charlemagne
and integrated into his Empire . However, Lombard nobles continued to rule southern parts of the Italian peninsula , well into the 11th century when they were conquered by the Normans and added to their County of Sicily . In this period, the southern part of Italy still under Longobardic domination was known by the name Langbarðaland (Land of the Lombards) in the Norse runestones . Their legacy is also apparent in the regional name Lombardy
Lombardy
(in the north of Italy).

CONTENTS

* 1 History

* 1.1 Early history

* 1.1.1 Legendary origins and name * 1.1.2 Archaeology and migrations

* 1.2 Kingdom in Italy, 568–774

* 1.2.1 Invasion and conquest of the Italian peninsula

* 1.2.1.1 Langobardia major * 1.2.1.2 Langobardia minor

* 1.2.2 Arian monarchy * 1.2.3 Catholic monarchy

* 1.3 Later history

* 1.3.1 United Principality of Benevento, 774–849 * 1.3.2 Southern Italy and the Arabs, 836–915 * 1.3.3 Lombard principalities in the 10th century * 1.3.4 Norman conquest, 1017–1078

* 2 Culture

* 2.1 Language

* 2.2 Social structure

* 2.2.1 Migration Period
Migration Period
society * 2.2.2 Society of the Catholic kingdom * 2.2.3 Lombard states

* 2.3 Religious history

* 2.3.1 Paganism * 2.3.2 Christianisation * 2.3.3 Beneventan Christianity
Christianity

* 2.4 Art

* 2.4.1 Architecture

* 3 List of rulers * 4 References * 5 External links

HISTORY

EARLY HISTORY

Legendary Origins And Name

Further information: Hundings Wodan
Wodan
(Godan) and Frigg
Frigg
(Frea) looking out of a window in the heavens... ...and spotting the Lombard women with their long hair tied as to appear as beards Paul the Deacon , historian of the Lombards, circa 720-799

The fullest account of Lombard origins, history, and practices is the _Historia Langobardorum_ (_History of the Lombards_) of Paul the Deacon , written in the 8th century. Paul's chief source for Lombard origins, however, is the 7th-century _ Origo Gentis Langobardorum
Origo Gentis Langobardorum
_ (_Origin of the Lombard People_).

The _Origo Gentis Langobardorum_ tells the story of a small tribe called the _Winnili_ dwelling in southern Scandinavia
Scandinavia
(_Scadanan_) (the _ Codex Gothanus _ writes that the Winnili first dwelt near a river called _Vindilicus_ on the extreme boundary of Gaul
Gaul
). The Winnili were split into three groups and one part left their native land to seek foreign fields. The reason for the exodus was probably overpopulation . The departing people were led by the brothers Ybor and Aio and their mother Gambara and arrived in the lands of _Scoringa_, perhaps the Baltic coast or the Bardengau on the banks of the Elbe
Elbe
. Scoringa was ruled by the Vandals
Vandals
and their chieftains, the brothers Ambri and Assi, who granted the Winnili a choice between tribute or war.

The Winnili were young and brave and refused to pay tribute, saying "It is better to maintain liberty by arms than to stain it by the payment of tribute." The Vandals
Vandals
prepared for war and consulted Godan (the god Odin
Odin
), who answered that he would give the victory to those whom he would see first at sunrise. The Winnili were fewer in number and Gambara sought help from Frea (the goddess Frigg
Frigg
), who advised that all Winnili women should tie their hair in front of their faces like beards and march in line with their husbands. At sunrise, Frea turned her husband's bed so that he was facing east, and woke him. So Godan spotted the Winnili first and asked, "Who are these long-beards?," and Frea replied, "My lord, thou hast given them the name, now give them also the victory." From that moment onwards, the Winnili were known as the _Longbeards_ (Latinised as _Langobardi_, Italianised as _Longobardi_, and Anglicized(citation needed) as _Longobards_ or _Lombards_).

When Paul the Deacon wrote the _Historia_ between 787 and 796 he was a Catholic monk and devoted Christian . He thought the pagan stories of his people "silly" and "laughable". Paul explained that the name "Langobard" came from the length of their beards. A modern theory suggests that the name "Langobard" comes from _Langbarðr_, a name of Odin
Odin
. Priester states that when the Winnili changed their name to "Lombards", they also changed their old agricultural fertility cult to a cult of Odin, thus creating a conscious tribal tradition. Fröhlich inverts the order of events in Priester and states that with the Odin cult, the Lombards
Lombards
grew their beards in resemblance of the Odin
Odin
of tradition and their new name reflected this. Bruckner remarks that the name of the Lombards
Lombards
stands in close relation to the worship of Odin, whose many names include "the Long-bearded" or "the Grey-bearded", and that the Lombard given name _Ansegranus_ ("he with the beard of the gods") shows that the Lombards
Lombards
had this idea of their chief deity. The same Old Norse root Barth or Barði, meaning "beard", is shared with the Heaðobards mentioned in both _ Beowulf
Beowulf
_ and in _ Widsith _, where they are in conflict with the Danes . They were possibly a branch of the Langobards .

Alternatively some etymological sources suggest an Old High German root, barta, meaning “axe” (and related to English halberd), while Edward Gibbon puts forth an alternative suggestion which argues that:

…Börde (or Börd) still signifies “a fertile plain by the side of a river,” and a district near Magdeburg is still called the lange Börde. According to this view Langobardi would signify “inhabitants of the long bord of the river;” and traces of their name are supposed still to occur in such names as Bardengau and Bardewick in the neighborhood of the Elbe.

Paul the Deacon wasn't the only one to write about Langobard history. According to the Gallaecian Christian priest
Christian priest
, historian and theologian Paulus Orosius
Paulus Orosius
, the Lombards
Lombards
or Winnili lived originally in the Vinuiloth (Vinovilith) mentioned by Jordanes , in his masterpiece Getica
Getica
, to the north of Uppsala
Uppsala
, Sweden
Sweden
. Scoringa was near the province of Uppland , so just north of Östergötland .

The historian then explains the etymology of the name Scoringa:

The shores of Uppland and Östergötland are covered with small rocks and rocky islands, which are called in German Schæren and in Swedish Skiaeren. Heal signifies a port in the northern languages ; consequently Skiæren-Heal is the port of the Skiæren, a name well adapted to the port of Stockholm
Stockholm
, in the Upplandske Skiæren, and the country may be justly called Scorung or Skiærunga.

The legendary king Sceafa of Scandza was an ancient Lombardic king in Anglo-Saxon legend . The Old English poem Widsith , in a listing of famous kings and their countries, has Sceafa Longbeardum, so naming Sceafa as ruler of the Lombards.

Similarities between Langobardic and Gothic migration traditions have been noted among scholars. These early migration legends suggest that a major shifting of tribes occurred sometime between the 1st and 2nd century BC, which would coincide with the time that the Teutoni and Cimbri
Cimbri
left their homelands in Scandinavia
Scandinavia
and migrated through Germany
Germany
, eventually invading Roman Italy.

Archaeology And Migrations

_ The expansion of the Germanic tribes 750 BC – AD 1 (after the Penguin Atlas of World History_ 1988): Settlements before 750 BC New settlements by 500 BC New settlements by 250 BC New settlements by AD 1 Distribution of Langobardic burial fields at the Lower Elbe
Elbe
Lands (according to W. Wegewitz)

The first mention of the Lombards
Lombards
occurred between AD 9 and 16, by the Roman court historian Velleius Paterculus , who accompanied a Roman expedition as prefect of the cavalry. Paterculus says that under Tiberius
Tiberius
the "power of the Langobardi was broken, a race surpassing even the Germans in savagery".

From the combined testimony of Strabo
Strabo
(AD 20) and Tacitus
Tacitus
(AD 117), the Lombards
Lombards
dwelt near the mouth of the Elbe
Elbe
shortly after the beginning of the Christian era, next to the Chauci . Strabo
Strabo
states that the Lombards
Lombards
dwelt on both sides of the Elbe. He treats them as a branch of the Suebi , and states that:

Now as for the tribe of the Suebi, it is the largest, for it extends from the Rhenus to the Albis; and a part of them even dwell on the far side of the Albis, as, for instance, the Hermondori and the Langobardi; and at the present time these latter, at least, have, to the last man, been driven in flight out of their country into the land on the far side of the river.

Suetonius wrote that Roman general Nero Drusus defeated a large force of Germans and drove some “to the farther side of the Albis (Elbe)” river. It is conceivable that these refugees were the Langobardi and the Hermunduri mentioned by Strabo
Strabo
not long after.

The German archaeologist Willi Wegewitz defined several Iron Age burial sites at the Lower Elbe
Elbe
as _Langobardic_. The burial sites are crematorial and are usually dated from the 6th century BC through the 3rd century AD, so a settlement breakoff seems unlikely. The lands of the lower Elbe
Elbe
fall into the zone of the Jastorf Culture and became Elbe-Germanic , differing from the lands between Rhine
Rhine
, Weser , and the North Sea
North Sea
. Archaeological finds show that the Lombards
Lombards
were an agricultural people.

Tacitus
Tacitus
also counted the Lombards
Lombards
as a remote and aggressive Suebian tribe, one of those united in worship of the deity Nerthus , who he referred to as "Mother Earth", and also as subjects of Marobod the King of the Marcomanni . Marobod had made peace with the Romans, and that is why the Lombards
Lombards
were not part of the Germanic confederacy under Arminius
Arminius
at the Battle of Teutoburg Forest
Battle of Teutoburg Forest
in AD 9. In AD 17, war broke out between Arminius
Arminius
and Marobod. Tacitus
Tacitus
records:

Not only the Cheruscans and their confederates... took arms, but the Semnones and Langobards, both Suebian nations, revolted to him from the sovereignty of Marobod... The armies... were stimulated by reasons of their own, the Cheruscans and the Langobards fought for their ancient honor or their newly acquired independence. . . "_ _

In 47, a struggle ensued amongst the Cherusci
Cherusci
and they expelled their new leader, the nephew of Arminius, from their country. The Lombards appeared on the scene with sufficient power to control the destiny of the tribe that had been the leader in the struggle for independence thirty-eight years earlier, for they restored the deposed leader to sovereignty again. Lombard migration from Scandinavia
Scandinavia

To the south, Cassius Dio reported that just before the Marcomannic Wars , 6,000 Lombards
Lombards
and Obii (sometimes thought to be Ubii ), crossed the Danube
Danube
and invaded Pannonia . The two tribes were defeated, whereupon they ceased their invasion and sent Ballomar, King of the Marcomanni, as ambassador to Aelius Bassus , who was then administering Pannonia. Peace was made and the two tribes returned to their homes, which in the case of the Lombards
Lombards
was the lands of the lower Elbe. At about this time, in his _ Germania
Germania
_ Tacitus
Tacitus
says that "their scanty numbers are a distinction" because "surrounded by a host of most powerful tribes, they are safe, not by submitting, but by daring the perils of war".

In the mid-2nd century, the Lombards
Lombards
apparently appeared in the Rhineland
Rhineland
, because according to Claudius Ptolemy
Claudius Ptolemy
, the Suebic Lombards
Lombards
lived "below" the Bructeri
Bructeri
and Sugambri , and between these and the Tencteri . To their east stretching northwards to the central Elbe
Elbe
are the Suebi Angili . But Ptolemy also mentions the "Laccobardi" to the north of the above-mentioned Suebic territories, east of the Angrivarii
Angrivarii
on the Weser , and south of the Chauci on the coast, probably indicating a Lombard expansion from the Elbe
Elbe
to the Rhine. This double mention has been interpreted as an editorial error by Gudmund Schütte, in his analysis of Ptolemy. However, the _Codex Gothanus_ also mentions _Patespruna_ ( Paderborn ) in connection with the Lombards.

From the 2nd century onwards, many of the Germanic tribes recorded as active during the Principate started to unite into bigger tribal unions, such as the Franks
Franks
, Alamanni , Bavarii , and Saxons . The Lombards
Lombards
are not mentioned at first, perhaps because they were not initially on the border of Rome, or perhaps because they were subjected to a larger tribal union, like the Saxons. It is, however, highly probable that, when the bulk of the Lombards
Lombards
migrated, a considerable part remained behind and afterwards became absorbed by the Saxon tribes in the Elbe
Elbe
region, while the emigrants alone retained the name of Lombards. However, the _Codex Gothanus_ states that the Lombards
Lombards
were subjected by the Saxons around 300 but rose up against them under their first king, Agelmund, who ruled for 30 years. In the second half of the 4th century, the Lombards
Lombards
left their homes, probably due to bad harvests, and embarked on their migration.

The migration route of the Lombards
Lombards
in 489, from their homeland to "Rugiland", encompassed several places: _Scoringa_ (believed to be their land on the Elbe
Elbe
shores), _Mauringa_, _Golanda_, _Anthaib_, _Banthaib_, and _Vurgundaib_ (_Burgundaib_). According to the Ravenna Cosmography , Mauringa was the land east of the Elbe.

The crossing into Mauringa was very difficult. The Assipitti (possibly the Usipetes) denied them passage through their lands and a fight was arranged for the strongest man of each tribe. The Lombard was victorious, passage was granted, and the Lombards
Lombards
reached Mauringa.

The Lombards
Lombards
departed from Mauringa and reached Golanda. Scholar Ludwig Schmidt thinks this was further east, perhaps on the right bank of the Oder
Oder
. Schmidt considers the name the equivalent of Gotland
Gotland
, meaning simply "good land." This theory is highly plausible; Paul the Deacon mentions the Lombards
Lombards
crossing a river, and they could have reached _Rugiland_ from the Upper Oder
Oder
area via the Moravian Gate .

Moving out of Golanda, the Lombards
Lombards
passed through Anthaib and Banthaib until they reached Vurgundaib, believed to be the old lands of the Burgundes . In Vurgundaib, the Lombards
Lombards
were stormed in camp by " Bulgars " (probably Huns
Huns
) and were defeated; King Agelmund was killed and Laimicho was made king. He was in his youth and desired to avenge the slaughter of Agelmund. The Lombards
Lombards
themselves were probably made subjects of the Huns
Huns
after the defeat but rose up and defeated them with great slaughter, gaining great booty and confidence as they "became bolder in undertaking the toils of war."

In the 540s, Audoin (ruled 546–560) led the Lombards
Lombards
across the Danube
Danube
once more into Pannonia , where they received Imperial subsidies as Justinian encouraged them to battle the Gepids . In 552, the Byzantines aided by a large contingent of Foederati
Foederati
, notably Lombards, Heruls and Bulgars, defeated the last Ostrogoths led by Teia in the Battle of Taginae
Battle of Taginae
.

KINGDOM IN ITALY, 568–774

Main article: Kingdom of the Lombards

Invasion And Conquest Of The Italian Peninsula

Lombard grave goods (6th-7th century) - Milan
Milan
, Lombardy
Lombardy

In 560, Audoin was succeeded by his son Alboin , a young and energetic leader who defeated the neighboring Gepidae
Gepidae
and made them his subjects; in 566, he married Rosamund , daughter of the Gepid
Gepid
king Cunimund . In the spring of 568, Alboin led the Lombard migration into Italy :

_"Then the Langobards, having left Pannonia , hastened to take possession of Italy with their wives and children and all their goods." B.2-Ch.7_

Various other people who either voluntarily joined or were subjects of King Alboin were also part of the migration:

_"Whence, even until today, we call the villages in which they dwell Gepidan , Bulgarian , Sarmatian , Pannonian
Pannonian
, Suabian , Norican , or by other names of this kind." B.2-Ch.26_

At least 20,000 Saxon warriors, old allies of the Lombards, joined them with their families in their new migration.

The first important city to fall was _Forum Iulii_ (Cividale del Friuli ) in northeastern Italy , in 569. There, Alboin created the first Lombard duchy, which he entrusted to his nephew Gisulf . Soon Vicenza
Vicenza
, Verona
Verona
and Brescia
Brescia
fell into Germanic hands. In the summer of 569, the Lombards
Lombards
conquered the main Roman centre of northern Italy , Milan
Milan
. The area was then recovering from the terrible Gothic Wars , and the small Byzantine army left for its defence could do almost nothing. Longinus, the Exarch
Exarch
sent to Italy by Emperor Justin II , could only defend coastal cities that could be supplied by the powerful Byzantine fleet. Pavia
Pavia
fell after a siege of three years, in 572, becoming the first capital city of the new Lombard kingdom of Italy.

In the following years, the Lombards
Lombards
penetrated further south, conquering Tuscany
Tuscany
and establishing two duchies, Spoleto
Spoleto
and Benevento under Zotto , which soon became semi-independent and even outlasted the northern kingdom, surviving well into the 12th century. Wherever they went, they were joined by the Ostrogothic population, who was allowed to live peacefully in Italy with their Rugian allies under Roman sovereignty. The Byzantines managed to retain control of the area of Ravenna
Ravenna
and Rome, linked by a thin corridor running through Perugia
Perugia
.

When they entered Italy, some Lombards
Lombards
retained their native form of paganism , while some were Arian Christians. Hence they did not enjoy good relations with the Early Christian Church . Gradually, they adopted Roman or Romanized titles, names, and traditions, and partially converted to orthodoxy (in the 7th century), though not without a long series of religious and ethnic conflicts. By the time Paul the Deacon was writing, the Lombard language, dress and even hairstyles had nearly all disappeared _in toto _.

The whole Lombard territory was divided into 36 duchies, whose leaders settled in the main cities. The king ruled over them and administered the land through emissaries called _gastaldi_. This subdivision, however, together with the independent indocility of the duchies, deprived the kingdom of unity, making it weak even when compared to the Byzantines, especially since these had begun to recover from the initial invasion. This weakness became even more evident when the Lombards
Lombards
had to face the increasing power of the Franks. In response, the kings tried to centralize power over time, but they definitively lost control over Spoleto
Spoleto
and Benevento
Benevento
in the attempt.

Langobardia Major

* Duchy of Friuli * Duchy of Trent * Duchy of Persiceta * Duchy of Pavia * Duchy of Tuscia

Langobardia Minor

* Duchy of Spoleto and List of Dukes of Spoleto
Spoleto
* Duchy of Benevento and List of Dukes and Princes of Benevento
Benevento

Arian Monarchy

The Frankish Merovingian King Chlothar II in combat with the Lombards
Lombards

In 572, Alboin was murdered in Verona
Verona
in a plot led by his wife, Rosamund, who later fled to Ravenna
Ravenna
. His successor, Cleph , was also assassinated, after a ruthless reign of 18 months. His death began an interregnum of years (the " Rule of the Dukes ") during which the dukes did not elect any king, a period regarded as a time of violence and disorder. In 584, threatened by a Frankish invasion, the dukes elected as king Cleph's son, Authari
Authari
. In 589, he married Theodelinda , daughter of Garibald I of Bavaria , the Duke of Bavaria . The Catholic Theodelinda was a friend of Pope Gregory I and pushed for Christianization. In the meantime, Authari
Authari
embarked on a policy of internal reconciliation and tried to reorganize royal administration. The dukes yielded half their estates for the maintenance of the king and his court in Pavia. On the foreign affairs side, Authari
Authari
managed to thwart the dangerous alliance between the Byzantines and the Franks.

Authari
Authari
died in 591 and was succeeded by Agilulf
Agilulf
, the duke of Turin , who also married Theodelinda in the same year. Agilulf
Agilulf
successfully fought the rebel dukes of northern Italy, conquering Padua in 601, Cremona
Cremona
and Mantua
Mantua
in 603, and forcing the Exarch
Exarch
of Ravenna
Ravenna
to pay tribute. Agilulf
Agilulf
died in 616; Theodelinda reigned alone until 628 when she was succeeded by Adaloald . Arioald , the head of the Arian opposition who had married Theodelinda's daughter Gundeperga, later deposed Adaloald.

Arioald was succeeded by Rothari , regarded by many authorities as the most energetic of all Lombard kings. He extended his dominions, conquering Liguria in 643 and the remaining part of the Byzantine territories of inner Veneto
Veneto
, including the Roman city of _Opitergium_ ( Oderzo ). Rothari also made the famous edict bearing his name, the _Edictum Rothari _, which established the laws and the customs of his people in Latin
Latin
: the edict did not apply to the tributaries of the Lombards, who could retain their own laws. Rothari's son Rodoald succeeded him in 652, still very young, and was killed by his opponents.

At the death of King Aripert I in 661, the kingdom was split between his children Perctarit
Perctarit
, who set his capital in Milan, and Godepert
Godepert
, who reigned from Pavia
Pavia
( Ticinum ). Perctarit
Perctarit
was overthrown by Grimoald , son of Gisulf, duke of Friuli and Benevento
Benevento
since 647. Perctarit
Perctarit
fled to the Avars and then to the Franks. Grimoald managed to regain control over the duchies and deflected the late attempt of the Byzantine emperor Constans II to conquer southern Italy. He also defeated the Franks. At Grimoald's death in 671 Perctarit
Perctarit
returned and promoted tolerance between Arians and Catholics, but he could not defeat the Arian party, led by Arachi, duke of Trento , who submitted only to his son, the philo-Catholic Cunincpert .

The Lombards
Lombards
engaged in fierce battles with Slavic peoples during these years: In 623–26 the Lombards
Lombards
unsuccessfully attacked Carantanians ; in 663–64, the Slavs raided the Vipava Valley and the Friuli .

Catholic Monarchy

King Liutprand - (712-744) _"was a zealous Catholic, generous and a great founder of monasteries"_

Religious strife and the Slavic raids remained a source of struggle in the following years. In 705, the Friuli Lombards
Lombards
were defeated and lost the land to the west of the Soča
Soča
River, namely the Gorizia Hills and the Venetian Slovenia . A new ethnic border was established that has lasted for over 1200 years up until the present time.

The Lombard reign began to recover only with Liutprand the Lombard (king from 712), son of Ansprand and successor of the brutal Aripert II . He managed to regain a certain control over Spoleto
Spoleto
and Benevento, and, taking advantage of the disagreements between the Pope and Byzantium concerning the reverence of icons , he annexed the Exarchate of Ravenna
Ravenna
and the duchy of Rome
Rome
. He also helped the Frankish marshal Charles Martel drive back the Arabs
Arabs
. The Slavs were defeated in the Battle of Lavariano , when they tried to conquer the Friulian Plain in 720. Liutprand's successor Aistulf conquered Ravenna
Ravenna
for the Lombards
Lombards
for the first time but had to relinquish it when he was subsequently defeated by the king of the Franks, Pippin III , who was called by the Pope.

After the death of Aistulf, Ratchis
Ratchis
attempted to become king of Lombardy, but he was deposed by Desiderius , duke of Tuscany
Tuscany
, the last Lombard to rule as king. Desiderius managed to take Ravenna definitively, ending the Byzantine presence in northern Italy. He decided to reopen struggles against the Pope, who was supporting the dukes of Spoleto
Spoleto
and Benevento
Benevento
against him, and entered Rome
Rome
in 772, the first Lombard king to do so. But when Pope Hadrian I called for help from the powerful Frankish king Charlemagne
Charlemagne
, Desiderius was defeated at Susa and besieged in Pavia
Pavia
, while his son Adelchis was forced to open the gates of Verona
Verona
to Frankish troops. Desiderius surrendered in 774, and Charlemagne, in an utterly novel decision, took the title "King of the Lombards". Before then the Germanic kingdoms had frequently conquered each other, but none had adopted the title of King of another people. Charlemagne
Charlemagne
took part of the Lombard territory to create the Papal States
Papal States
.

The Lombardy
Lombardy
region in Italy, which includes the cities of Brescia, Bergamo, Milan, and the old capital Pavia, is a reminder of the presence of the Lombards.

LATER HISTORY

United Principality Of Benevento, 774–849

Lombard Duchy of Benevento in the 8th century

Though the kingdom centred on Pavia
Pavia
in the north fell to Charlemagne, the Lombard-controlled territory to the south of the Papal States
Papal States
was never subjugated by Charlemagne
Charlemagne
or his descendants. In 774, Duke Arechis II of Benevento
Benevento
, whose duchy had only nominally been under royal authority, though certain kings had been effective at making their power known in the south, claimed that Benevento
Benevento
was the successor state of the kingdom. He tried to turn Benevento
Benevento
into a _secundum Ticinum_: a second Pavia. He tried to claim the kingship, but with no support and no chance of a coronation in Pavia.

Charlemagne
Charlemagne
came down with an army, and his son Louis the Pious sent men, to force the Beneventan duke to submit, but his submission and promises were never kept and Arechis and his successors were _de facto_ independent. The Beneventan dukes took the title _prínceps_ (prince) instead of that of king.

The Lombards
Lombards
of southern Italy were thereafter in the anomalous position of holding land claimed by two empires: the Carolingian Empire to the north and west and the Byzantine Empire
Byzantine Empire
to the east. They typically made pledges and promises of tribute to the Carolingians, but effectively remained outside Frankish control. Benevento
Benevento
meanwhile grew to its greatest extent yet when it imposed a tribute on the Duchy of Naples
Duchy of Naples
, which was tenuously loyal to Byzantium and even conquered the Neapolitan city of Amalfi in 838. At one point in the reign of Sicard , Lombard control covered most of southern Italy save the very south of Apulia and Calabria
Calabria
and Naples, with its nominally attached cities. It was during the 9th century that a strong Lombard presence became entrenched in formerly Greek Apulia. However, Sicard had opened up the south to the invasive actions of the Saracens in his war with Andrew II of Naples and when he was assassinated in 839, Amalfi declared independence and two factions fought for power in Benevento, crippling the principality and making it susceptible to external enemies.

The civil war lasted ten years and ended with a peace treaty imposed in 849 by Emperor Louis II , the only Frankish king to exercise actual sovereignty over the Lombard states. The treaty divided the kingdom into two states: the Principality of Benevento
Benevento
and the Principality of Salerno
Salerno
, with its capital at Salerno
Salerno
on the Tyrrhenian Sea .

Southern Italy And The Arabs, 836–915

Main article: History of Islam in southern Italy

Andrew II of Naples hired Saracen mercenaries for his war with Sicard of Benevento
Benevento
in 836; Sicard responded with other Muslim mercenaries. The Saracens initially concentrated their attacks on Sicily
Sicily
and Byzantine Italy, but soon Radelchis I of Benevento
Benevento
called in more mercenaries, who destroyed Capua in 841. Landulf the Old founded the present-day Capua, "New Capua", on a nearby hill. In general, the Lombard princes were less inclined to ally with the Saracens than with their Greek neighbours of Amalfi, Gaeta, Naples, and Sorrento. Guaifer of Salerno
Salerno
, however, briefly put himself under Muslim suzerainty.

In 847 a large Muslim force seized Bari
Bari
, until then a Lombard gastaldate under the control of Pandenulf . Saracen incursions proceeded northwards until Adelchis of Benevento
Benevento
sought the help of his suzerain, Louis II, who allied with the Byzantine emperor Basil I to expel the Arabs
Arabs
from Bari
Bari
in 869. An Arab landing force was defeated by the emperor in 871. Adelchis and Louis remained at war until the death of Louis in 875. Adelchis regarded himself as the true successor of the Lombard kings, and in that capacity he amended the _Edictum Rothari _, the last Lombard ruler to do so.

After the death of Louis, Landulf II of Capua briefly flirted with a Saracen alliance, but Pope John VIII convinced him to break it off. Guaimar I of Salerno
Salerno
fought the Saracens with Byzantine troops. Throughout this period the Lombard princes swung in allegiance from one party to another. Finally, towards 915, Pope John X managed to unite the Christian princes of southern Italy against the Saracen establishments on the Garigliano river. The Saracens were ousted from Italy in the Battle of the Garigliano in 915.

Lombard Principalities In The 10th Century

Italy around the turn of the millennium, showing the Lombard states in the south on the eve of the arrival of the Normans.

The independent state of Salerno
Salerno
inspired the gastalds of Capua to move towards independence, and by the end of the century they were styling themselves "princes" and as a third Lombard state. The Capuan and Beneventan states were united by Atenulf I of Capua in 900. He subsequently declared them to be in perpetual union, and they were separated only in 982, on the death of Pandulf Ironhead . With all of the Lombard south under his control, except Salerno, Atenulf felt safe to use the title _Princeps Gentis Langobardorum_ ("prince of the Lombard people"), which Arechis II had begun using in 774. Among Atenulf's successors the principality was ruled jointly by fathers, sons, brothers, cousins, and uncles for the greater part of the century. Meanwhile, the prince Gisulf I of Salerno
Salerno
began using the title _Langobardorum Gentis Princeps_ around mid-century, but the ideal of a united Lombard principality was realised only in December 977, when Gisulf died and his domains were inherited by Pandulf Ironhead, who temporarily held almost all Italy south of Rome
Rome
and brought the Lombards
Lombards
into alliance with the Holy Roman Empire
Roman Empire
. His territories were divided upon his death.

Landulf the Red of Benevento
Benevento
and Capua tried to conquer the principality of Salerno
Salerno
with the help of John III of Naples , but with the aid of Mastalus I of Amalfi , Gisulf repulsed him. The rulers of Benevento
Benevento
and Capua made several attempts on Byzantine Apulia at this time, but late in the century, the Byzantines, under the stiff rule of Basil II
Basil II
, gained ground on the Lombards.

The principal source for the history of the Lombard principalities in this period is the _ Chronicon Salernitanum _, composed late in the 10th century at Salerno.

Norman Conquest, 1017–1078

Main article: Norman conquest of southern Italy

The diminished Beneventan principality soon lost its independence to the papacy and declined in importance until it fell in the Norman conquest of southern Italy . The Normans, first called in by the Lombards
Lombards
to fight the Byzantines for control of Apulia and Calabria (under the likes of Melus of Bari
Bari
and Arduin , among others), had become rivals for hegemony in the south. The Salernitan principality experienced a golden age under Guaimar III and Guaimar IV , but under Gisulf II , the principality shrank to insignificance and fell in 1078 to Robert Guiscard , who had married Gisulf's sister Sichelgaita . The Capua principality was hotly contested during the reign of the hated Pandulf IV , the _Wolf of the Abruzzi_, and, under his son, it fell, almost without contest, to the Norman Richard Drengot (1058). The Capuans revolted against Norman rule in 1091, expelling Richard's grandson Richard II and setting up one Lando IV .

Capua was again put under Norman rule after the Siege of Capua of 1098 and the city quickly declined in importance under a series of ineffectual Norman rulers. The independent status of these Lombard states is in general attested by the ability of their rulers to switch suzerains at will. Often the legal vassal of pope or emperor (either Byzantine or Holy Roman ), they were the real power-brokers in the south until their erstwhile allies, the Normans, rose to preeminence: The Lombards
Lombards
regarded the Normans as barbarians and the Byzantines as oppressors. Regarding their own civilisation as superior, the Lombards did indeed provide the environment for the illustrious Schola Medica Salernitana .

CULTURE

LANGUAGE

Main article: Lombardic language The runic inscription from the Pforzen buckle may be the earliest written example of Lombardic language

The Lombardic language is extinct (unless Cimbrian and Mocheno represent surviving dialects). The Germanic language declined, beginning in the 7th century, but may have been in scattered use until as late as about the year 1000. Only fragments of the language have survived, the main evidence being individual words quoted in Latin texts. In the absence of Lombardic texts, it is not possible to draw any conclusions about the language's morphology and syntax. The genetic classification of the language depends entirely on phonology. Since there is evidence that Lombardic participated in, and indeed shows some of the earliest evidence for, the High German consonant shift , it is usually classified as an Elbe
Elbe
Germanic or Upper German dialect.

Lombardic fragments are preserved in runic inscriptions. Primary source texts include short inscriptions in the Elder Futhark , among them the "bronze capsule of Schretzheim " (c. 600) and the silver belt buckle found in Pforzen , Ostallgäu ( Schwaben
Schwaben
). A number of Latin texts include Lombardic names, and Lombardic legal texts contain terms taken from the legal vocabulary of the vernacular. In 2005, Emilia Denčeva argued that the inscription of the Pernik sword may be Lombardic.

The Italian language preserves a large number of Lombardic words, although it is not always easy to distinguish them from other Germanic borrowings such as those from Gothic or from Frankish . They often bear some resemblance to English words, as Lombardic was akin to Saxon . For instance, _landa_ from _land_, _guardia_ from _wardan_ (warden), _guerra_ from _werra_ (war), _ricco_ from _rikki_ (rich), and _guadare_ from _wadjan_ (to wade).

From the _Codice diplomatico longobardo_, a collection of legal documents that makes reference to many Lombardic terms, we obtain several terms still in use in the Italian language:

Barba (beard), marchio (mark), maniscalco (blacksmith), aia (courtyard), braida, borgo (village), fara (toponym), pizzo (toponym), sala (toponym), staffa (stirrup), stalla (stable), sculdascio, faida (feud), manigoldo (scoundrel), sgherro; fanone (baleen), stamberga (militare); anca (hip), guancia (cheek), nocca (knuckle), schiena (back); gazza (magpie), martora (marten); gualdo, pozza (pool); verbs like bussare (to knock), piluccare (to peck), russare (to snore).

SOCIAL STRUCTURE

Migration Period
Migration Period
Society

During their stay at the mouth of the Elbe, the Lombards
Lombards
came into contact with other western Germanic populations, such as the Saxons and the Frisians . From these populations, which for long had been in contact with the Celts
Celts
(especially the Saxons), they learned a rigid social organization into castes, rarely present in other Germanic peoples.

The Lombard kings can be traced back as early as c. 380 and thus to the beginning of the Great Migration. Kingship developed amongst the Germanic peoples when the unity of a single military command was found necessary. Schmidt believed that the Germanic tribes were divided according to cantons and that the earliest government was a general assembly that selected canton chiefs and war leaders in times of conflict. All such figures were probably selected from a caste of nobility. As a result of the wars of their wanderings, royal power developed such that the king became the representative of the people, but the influence of the people on the government did not fully disappear. Paul the Deacon gives an account of the Lombard tribal structure during the migration:

. . . in order that they might increase the number of their warriors, confer liberty upon many whom they deliver from the yoke of bondage, and that the freedom of these may be regarded as established, they confirm it in their accustomed way by an arrow, uttering certain words of their country in confirmation of the fact.

Complete emancipation appears to have been granted only among the Franks
Franks
and the Lombards.

Society Of The Catholic Kingdom

See also: Duke (Lombard)

Lombard society was divided into classes comparable to those found in the other Germanic successor states of Rome, Frankish Gaul
Gaul
and Visigothic Spain . There was a noble class, a class of free persons beneath them, a class of unfree non-slaves (serfs), and finally slaves. The aristocracy itself was poorer, more urbanised, and less landed than elsewhere. Aside from the richest and most powerful of the dukes and the king himself, Lombard noblemen tended to live in cities (unlike their Frankish counterparts) and hold little more than twice as much in land as the merchant class (a far cry from provincial Frankish aristocrats who held vast swathes of land, hundreds of times larger than those beneath his status). The aristocracy by the 8th century was highly dependent on the king for means of income related especially to judicial duties: many Lombard nobles are referred to in contemporary documents as _iudices_ (judges) even when their offices had important military and legislative functions as well.

The freemen of the Lombard kingdom were far more numerous than in Frank lands, especially in the 8th century, when they are almost invisible in surviving documentary evidence. Smallholders, owner-cultivators, and rentiers are the most numerous types of person in surviving diplomata for the Lombard kingdom. They may have owned more than half of the land in Lombard Italy. The freemen were _exercitales_ and _viri devoti_, that is, soldiers and "devoted men" (a military term like "retainers"); they formed the levy of the Lombard army, and they were sometimes, if infrequently, called to serve, though this seems not to have been their preference. The small landed class, however, lacked the political influence necessary with the king (and the dukes) to control the politics and legislation of the kingdom. The aristocracy was more thoroughly powerful politically if not economically in Italy than in contemporary Gaul
Gaul
and Spain.

The urbanisation of Lombard Italy was characterised by the _città ad isole_ (or "city as islands"). It appears from archaeology that the great cities of Lombard Italy — Pavia
Pavia
, Lucca , Siena
Siena
, Arezzo
Arezzo
, Milan
Milan
— were themselves formed of minute islands of urbanisation within the old Roman city walls. The cities of the Roman Empire
Roman Empire
had been partially destroyed in the series of wars of the 5th and 6th centuries. Many sectors were left in ruins and ancient monuments became fields of grass used as pastures for animals, thus the Roman Forum became the _Campo Vaccino_, the field of cows. The portions of the cities that remained intact were small, modest, contained a cathedral or major church (often sumptuously decorated), and a few public buildings and townhomes of the aristocracy. Few buildings of importance were stone, most were wood. In the end, the inhabited parts of the cities were separated from one another by stretches of pasture even within the city walls.

Lombard States

* Lombard state on the Carpathians (6th century) * Lombard state in Pannonia (6th century) * Kingdom of Italy and List of Kings of the Lombards * Principality of Benevento
Benevento
and List of Dukes and Princes of Benevento
Benevento
* Principality of Salerno and List of Princes of Salerno
Salerno
* Principality of Capua and List of Princes of Capua

RELIGIOUS HISTORY

Paganism

The evidence contained in the myth hints that initially, before the passage from Scandinavia
Scandinavia
to the southern coast of the Baltic Sea, the Lombards
Lombards
worshiped the Vanir . Later, in contact with other Germanic populations, they adopted the worship of the Æsir : an evolution that marked the passage from the adoration of deities related to fertility and the earth to the cult of warlike gods.

In chapter 40 of his Germania
Germania
, Roman historian Tacitus
Tacitus
, discussing the Suebian tribes of Germania, writes that the Lombards
Lombards
were one of the Suebian tribes united in worship of the deity Nerthus, who is often identified with the Norse goddess Freyja . The other tribes were the Reudigni , Aviones , Anglii , Varini , Eudoses , Suarines , and Nuitones .

St. Barbatus of Benevento
Benevento
observed many pagan rituals and traditions amongst the Lombards
Lombards
authorised by the Duke Romuald , son of King Grimoald :

_"They expressed a religious veneration to a golden viper, and prostrated themselves before it: they paid also a superstitious honour to a tree, on which they hung the skin of a wild beast, and these ceremonies were closed by public games, in which the skin served for a mark at which bowmen shot arrows over their shoulder."_

Christianisation

The Lombards
Lombards
were first touched by Christianity
Christianity
while still in Pannonia, but only touched: Their conversion and Christianisation was largely nominal and far from complete. During the reign of Wacho , they were Roman Catholics allied with the Byzantine Empire
Byzantine Empire
, but Alboin converted to Arianism as an ally of the Ostrogoths and invaded Italy. All these Christian conversions primarily affected the aristocracy, while the common people remained pagan.

In Italy, the Lombards
Lombards
were intensively Christianised, and the pressure to convert to Catholicism was great. With the Bavarian queen Theodelinda , a Catholic, the monarchy was brought under heavy Catholic influence. After initial support for the anti- Rome
Rome
party in the Schism of the Three Chapters , Theodelinda remained a close contact and supporter of Pope Gregory I . In 603, Adaloald , the heir to the throne, received a Catholic baptism. During the next century, Arianism and paganism continued to hold out in Austria
Austria
(the northeast of Italy) and in the Duchy of Benevento. A succession of Arian kings were militarily aggressive and presented a threat to the Papacy
Papacy
in Rome. In the 7th century, the nominally Christian aristocracy of Benevento
Benevento
was still practising pagan rituals, such as sacrifices in "sacred" woods. By the end of the reign of Cunincpert , however, the Lombards
Lombards
were more or less completely Catholicised. Under Liutprand , the Catholicism became tangible, as the king sought to justify his title _rex totius Italiae_ by uniting the south of the peninsula with the north and bringing together his Italo-Roman and Germanic subjects into one Catholic state.

Beneventan Christianity

The Rule of Saint Benedict in Beneventan (i.e. Lombard) script

The Duchy and eventually Principality of Benevento
Benevento
in southern Italy developed a unique Christian rite in the 7th and 8th centuries. The Beneventan rite is more closely related to the liturgy of the Ambrosian rite
Ambrosian rite
than to the Roman rite . The Beneventan rite has not survived in its complete form, although most of the principal feasts and several feasts of local significance are extant. The Beneventan rite appears to have been less complete, less systematic, and more liturgically flexible than the Roman rite.

Characteristic of this rite was the Beneventan chant , a Lombard-influenced chant that bore similarities to the Ambrosian chant of Milan. The Beneventan chant is largely defined by its role in the liturgy of the Beneventan rite; many Beneventan chants were assigned multiple roles when inserted into Gregorian chantbooks, appearing variously as antiphons, offertories, and communions, for example. It was eventually supplanted by the Gregorian chant in the 11th century.

The chief centre of the Beneventan chant was Montecassino , one of the first and greatest abbeys of Western monasticism . Gisulf II of Benevento
Benevento
had donated a large swathe of land to Montecassino in 744, and that became the basis for an important state, the _Terra Sancti Benedicti _, which was a subject only to Rome. The Cassinese influence on Christianity
Christianity
in southern Italy was immense. Montecassino was also the starting point for another characteristic of Beneventan monasticism, the use of the distinct Beneventan script , a clear, angular script derived from the Roman cursive as used by the Lombards.

ART

During their nomadic phase, the Lombards
Lombards
primarily created art that was easily carried with them, like arms and jewellery. Though relatively little of this has survived, it bears resemblance to the similar endeavours of other Germanic tribes of northern and central Europe from the same era.

The first major modifications to the Germanic style of the Lombards came in Pannonia and especially in Italy, under the influence of local, Byzantine , and Christian styles. The conversions from nomadism and paganism to settlement and Christianity
Christianity
also opened up new arenas of artistic expression, such as architecture (especially churches) and its accompanying decorative arts (such as frescoes).

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Lombard shield boss northern Italy, 7th century, Metropolitan Museum of Art *

Lombard S-shaped fibula *

A glass drinking horn from Castel Trosino *

Lombard _Goldblattkreuz_ *

Lombard fibulae *

Altar of Ratchis
Ratchis
*

8th-century Lombard sculpture depicting female martyrs, based on a Byzantine model. _Tempietto Longobardo_, Cividale del Friuli
Cividale del Friuli

Architecture

Main articles: Lombard architecture and Longobards in Italy, Places of Power (568-774 A.D.) Church of Santa Sofia, Benevento
Benevento

Few Lombard buildings have survived. Most have been lost, rebuilt, or renovated at some point, so they preserve little of their original Lombard structure. Lombard architecture was well-studied in the 20th century, and the four-volume _Lombard Architecture_ (1919) by Arthur Kingsley Porter is a "monument of illustrated history".

The small Oratorio di Santa Maria in Valle in Cividale del Friuli
Cividale del Friuli
is probably one of the oldest preserved examples of Lombard architecture, as Cividale was the first Lombard city in Italy. Parts of Lombard constructions have been preserved in Pavia
Pavia
(San Pietro in Ciel d\'Oro , crypts of Sant\'Eusebio and San Giovanni Domnarum ) and Monza (cathedral ). The _Basilic autariana_ in Fara Gera d\'Adda near Bergamo and the church of San Salvatore in Brescia
Brescia
also have Lombard elements. All these buildings are in northern Italy (Langobardia major), but by far the best-preserved Lombard structure is in southern Italy (Langobardia minor). The Church of Santa Sofia in Benevento
Benevento
was erected in 760 by Duke Arechis II , and it preserves Lombard frescoes on the walls and even Lombard capitals on the columns.

Lombard architecture flourished under the impulse provided by the Catholic monarchs like Theodelinda , Liutprand , and Desiderius to the foundation of monasteries to further their political control. Bobbio Abbey was founded during this time.

Some of the late Lombard structures of the 9th and 10th centuries have been found to contain elements of style associated with Romanesque architecture and have been so dubbed "first Romanesque ". These edifices are considered, along with some similar buildings in southern France and Catalonia
Catalonia
, to mark a transitory phase between the Pre-Romanesque and full-fledged Romanesque.

LIST OF RULERS

_See List of kings of the Lombards ._

REFERENCES

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Notes

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Origo Gentis Langobardorum
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