History of the Lombards

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University of Pennsylvania Press, Jun 3, 2011 - History - 352 pages
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History of the Lombards, by Paul the Deacon (c. 720-c. 799), is among the most important and oldest accounts of the Germanic nation. The book preserves many ancient myths and popular traditions and draws from sources that are now lost. The history traces the changing fortunes of the Lombards, the last of the migratory Germanic peoples to enter the western part of the old Roman Empire, from their first appearance in the West in the sixth century to the middle of the eighth century. The popularity of Paul the Deacon's book has endured over the centuries and, although there have been numerous translations and editions, this remains the only one in English.

 

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User Review  - DinadansFriend - LibraryThing

I read an 1907 translation by William Dudley Foulke. A spotty book, certainly not up to the standards of Niketas Choniates, or Froissart, but it's what we have to cover Italy from 560 to about 800 ... Read full review

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User Review  - ElTomaso - LibraryThing

Very difficult for anyone to ascertain the truth about that period and those people, as what little writing is available to us from the remote period is often written in a self-serving manner. Read full review

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Edward Peters is Henry Charles Lea Professor of History at the University of Pennsylvania. His publications include Heresy and Authority in Medieval Europe, The First Crusade, and, with Alan C. Kors, Witchcraft in Europe, 400-1700: A Documentary History, all available from the University of Pennsylvania Press.

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