Lecture Series - Inheritance & Influence: The Kingdom of the Lombards in Early Medieval Italy

March 17, 2021

If you are unable to attend the live sessions, do not worry - all those who register will automatically be sent copies of the lectures to view in your own time (from around four hours after they take place).  Further details on how to register can be found at the end of this newsletter.


Inheritance & Influence: The Kingdom of the Lombards in Early Medieval Italy

Who were the Lombards? How did today’s ‘Lombardy’ get its name? The answers lie in the remarkable history of a Germanic tribe of Scandinavian origin known as the Longobards, who created a sophisticated kingdom in Italy that lasted from 568 to 774AD. James Hill will explore their history, remarkable buildings and some of the impressive objects which have survived.

The transition from late Roman to Medieval Italy is marked by successive waves of invasions: Huns, Goths, Vandals and Byzantines all tried to control the peninsula until the Lombards arrived to impose order, led by Alboin. Their successful invasion was centered on Pavia, north of the River Po, and led to the creation of a number of ‘ducal’ cities across northern Italy and parts of the southern peninsula, reaching a level of unprecedented influence under their greatest leader, Liutprand. Visual evidence ranging from early ‘Romanesque’ architecture to decorative schemes and precious jewellery attest to a sophisticated culture which absorbed Roman and Byzantine ideas beyond their Germanic inheritance. They were defeated by Charlemagne and absorbed by the next major power, the Kingdom of the Franks, with a few of their ‘duchies’ surviving in the south until they too were defeated by the invading Normans of the eleventh century


Format for Lecture

James will give an illustrated lecture lasting around an hour and a half for £10. During the lecture you will have the chance to submit written questions which James will answer at the end - if time permits.

You will not need to download any software and the lecture will work in any browser. For the best experience use a desktop or laptop - but it will also work on an iPad or similar tablet. You will be also able to re-watch or watch a recording after the lecture.

Register for Lecture - 26 March at 11am

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