We take a look at the arrival of the Normans in Southern Italy at the start of the XI century and follow their participation in the anti-Byzantine rebellion of the 1040’s.
We take a step back in time to fill in the history of the Catholic Church up t the point in our narrative, i.e. the fall of the Lombard kingdom in 774.
Thanks to Elia Locardi for the Vatican photo, check out his website: Elia Locardi
In this episode we look at one of the great Lombard kings: Liutprand and listen as their reign in Italy draws to a close with the Franks really starting to put the pressure on
In this episode we see how the Lombards start to settle down and get to know the neighbourhood and the troublesome neighbours as they go through an interregnum of the Dukes before they get back to electing a king and bashing the Byzantines
The map is courtesy of Professor Anna Bellini’s class
In this episode we have a quick look at the brief period of Byzantine rule before the arrival of the Lombards in 568 and then we look at their invasion of Italy and hear a bit of juicy royal gossip.