We take a look back at the Byzantine presence in Italy, from the Gothic War in 535 up to the start of the seventh century.
In this episode the Franks make their definitive entrance into Italy and the existence of the Lombard kingdom hangs in the balance. We take a look at how the events really went and then go back, following the story of Alessandro Manzoni’s “Adlechi” to see a juicier version of the events.
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