The causes of the rapid collapse of the Lombard kingdom and its capture by the Franks led by Charlemagne — are still much debated. Lombards remained in power in Benevento and other areas of southern Italy through the early 11th century.
Much of the scholarship on the Lombards, especially the archaeological work, is in Italian. The primary sources for the history of the Lombards in Italy are not abundant. The most important indeed almost the only narrative source is the history of Paul the Deacon Paul the Deacon The laws issued by various Lombard kings are also important see Drew cited under Lombard Laws.
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History of the Lombards | Paul the Deacon, William Dudley Foulke, Edward Peters
For centuries they have been considered responsible of Italian political fragmentation even if the Lombards came to unifying Italy under their own control. They combined indeed the heritage of Ancient Rome, Byzantium and Germanic Northern Europe with a distinct Christian Spirituality, creating a unique artistic legacy, spiritual development and cultural influence.
The exhibition path is divided into sections that follows a chronological order with attention to several archaeological artefacts: every aspect of political, economic and everyday life in the Lombard estates, their complex relations with the seats of Roman Byzantine power, the economy, the religion, the Langobard writing, their relations with the Carolingian empire and the Langobards in Southern Italy. On display weapons, garments buckles, jewellery, domestic utensils, coins, documents, inscriptions on stone and bas relief sculptures.
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