The Lombards

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Overview

This book offers a survey of the history and archaeology of the Longobards (known until recently as the Lombards), one of the many barbarian tribes who exploited the collapse of the Roman Empire.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780631182382
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/11/1995
  • Series: Peoples of Europe Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 9.27 (w) x 6.21 (h) x 1.03 (d)

Meet the Author

Neil Christie was an undergraduate and postgraduate student at the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, and subsequently held a Scholarship at the British School at Rome, the Sir James Knott Fellowship (Newcastle) and a British Academy Post-Doctoral Fellowship at the University of Oxford. He is currently Lecturer in Medieval Archaeology in the School of Archaeological Studies at the University of Leicester.
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Table of Contents

List of Plates
List of Figures
Preface
Acknowledgements
Chronological Table
List of Rulers: Kings, Emperors, Dukes, Exarchs and Popes
1 Longobard Origins 1
From Scandinavia to the Elbe 1
From the Elbe to Bohemia 14
From Bohemia to Pannonia 20
2 The Longobards in Pannonia 31
The Sequence of Longobard Settlement in Pannonia 32
Bones, Brooches and Beads 37
Town and Country: Natives and Longobards 48
Pagans and Christians 55
Gepids, Byzantines and Avars AD 565-568 58
The March 63
3 The Longobards and Italy 69
Italy before the Longobards, AD 400-568 69
Conquest and Kingdom, AD 569-605 73
Consolidation and Stability, AD 605-700 91
Longobard Revival and Demise, AD 700-780 102
4 Society and Economy 109
The Longobard Laws and the Evolution of Longobard Society 110
Archaeology and Society 126
Trade and Exchange 140
5 Settlement and Defence in Longobard Italy 145
Royal Capitals and Ducal Centres 145
Palaces 161
From Towns to Farms 162
Fortifications 170
6 Religion, Architecture and Art 183
From Arian to Catholic 183
Longobard Builders and Buildings 190
Longobard Art and Sculpture 199
7 Longobard Heritage: Benevento and Beyond 204
The Fate of the Beneventan Principality 206
State and Society in Longobard Southern Italy 211
Coinage and Economy 219
Beneventan and Late Longobard Culture 221
From Liutprand to the Lega Lombarda 225
Words and Traditions: Longobard Survivals 229
Bibliography and Abbreviations 231
Index 245
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