The Langobards before the Frankish Conquest

The Langobards before the Frankish Conquest

An Ethnographic Perspective

Edited by Giorgio Ausenda, Paolo Delogu, Chris Wickham

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Essays examining the Langobards, with important conclusions for early medieval Italy.
The Langobards or Lombards were the last Germanic group to invade the Roman Mediterranean, crossing the Alps into Italy in 568-9. They were nonetheless one of the longest-lasting, for their state survived Charlemagne's conquest in 774, and was the core of the medieval kingdom of Italy. The incompleteness of their conquest of Italy was also one of the root causes of Italian division for over 1300 years after their arrival. But they present a challenge to the historian, for most of the evidence for them dates to the last half-century of their independence, up to 774, a period in which Langobard Italy was a coherent and apparently tightly-governed state by early medieval standards. How they reached this from the incoherent and disorganised situation visible in late sixth-century Italy is still a matter of debate.
The historians and archaeologists who contribute to this volume discuss Langobard archaeology and material culture both before and after their invasion, Langobard language, political organisation, the church, social structures, family structures, and urban economy. It is thus an important and up to date starting point for future research on early medieval Italy.

Contributors: G. AUSENDA, S. BARNISH, S. BRATHER, T.S. BROWN, N. CHRISTIE, M. COSTAMBEYS, P. DELOGU, D. GREEN, W. HAUBRICHS, J. HENNING, B. WARD-PERKINS, C. WICKHAM.

Details

November 2009
13 black and white, 13 line illustrations
396 pages
24x16.8 cm
Studies in Historical Archaeoethnology
ISBN: 9781843834908
Format: Hardback
Boydell Press
BIC JFSL
BISAC HIS037010
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Table of Contents

Introduction - Paolo Delogu and Chris Wickham
Pannonia: foundations of Langobardic power and identity - Neil J Christie
Dwellings and settlements among the Langobards - Hubert Fehr, Editor
Kinship, gender and property in Lombard Italy - Marios J Costambeys
The Lombard city and urban economy - Bryan Ward-Perkins
Social structures in Lombard Italy - Chris Wickham
Revolution or relapse? Technology, agriculture and early medieval archaeology in Germanic central Europe - Joachim Henning
Linguistic and literary traces of the Langobards - Dennis H Green
Langobardic personal names: given names and name-giving among the Langobards - Wolfgang Haubrichs
Kingship and the shaping of the Lombard body politic - Paolo Delogu
Lombard religious policy in the late sixth and seventh centuries: the Roman Dimension - Thomas S Brown
A comparative discussion of Langobardic feud and blood money compensation with parallels from contemporary anthropology and from medieval history - Giorgio Ausenda
A comparative discussion of Langobardic feud and blood money compensation with parallels from contemporary anthropology and from medieval history - Sam Barnish

Reviews

All those who wish to see the contribution of the Lombards to Early Medieval Europe properly evaluated and analysed will welcome this attractively presented and useful book. EUROPEAN REVIEW OF HISTORY
Provides an entertaining and invigorating survey of many of the most important aspects of Langobard society from before the invasion of Italy in AD 568 to the eventual coming of the Franks in the later 8th century. (It is) an invaluable contribution to scholarship on the Langobards. JOURNAL OF MEDIEVAL ARCHAEOLOGY
The papers provide an entertaining and invigorating survey of many of the most important aspects of Langobard society from before the invasion of Italy in ad 568 to the eventual coming of the Franks in the later 8th century. (...) Publication of such a diverse collection in English is also to be welcomed as a valuable fillip to the rather meagre teaching bibliography currently available on the group. (...) Provide(s) an invaluable contribution to scholarship on the Langobards. MEDIEVAL ARCHAEOLOGY

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