The Lombards Conquer Italy

568 CE
portrait of Paul the Deacon
Paul the Deacon, (Paulus Diaconus) historian of the Lombards, circa 720-799. Detail of fol. 34r of MS. Plut. 65.35, Laurentian Library.

The assassination of Alboin. (View Larger)

In 568 The Lombards— a Germanic people, under the leadership of Alboin—invaded and conquered most of Byzantine Italy, and established a Kingdom of Italy, which lasted until 774.

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