014 – Carolingian Italy

We have a look at the system that Charlemagne set up in Italy, the administration, the economy and the educational reform. We also take a time to have a look at how the peninsula was divided up at this point and the ongoing relationship between the Frankish rulers and the popes of Rome.

Interview – Dario Pedrazzini on the Lombards

An interview with Dario Pedrazzini on the daily lives of the Lombards at the time of king Rothari from his book on the topic. He collaborates with “Res Bellica”, a company that produces equipment for historical re-enactments. You can have a look at their products at:

http://www.res-bellica.com/en/

012 – Here come the Franks

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.

008 – The Lombards get comfy and some laws

In this episode we see Agilulf and Theodelinda off the stage and after a few more kings we get to Rothari and his historical edict

 

 

 

Images by Christina Tisi from “La Vita Quotidiana dei Longobardi ai tempi di re Rotar” (Daily life of the Lombards at the time of king Rothari) by Dario Pedrazzini.  Buy it on Amazon