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Dark Ages » 500 AD/CE » 568 AD/CE

Italy is Invaded by the Lombards

When: 568 AD/CE
Where: Italy, Europe

At the time of Emperor Justinian's death in 565 AD, several plots were devised to bring about the disgrace of Narses, the current ruler of Italy. His enemies were successful in bringing him down - but Narses would have his revenge.

Narses called upon the Lombards, several thousand of whom has served under him previously, to invade Italy.

In 568 AD the leader of the Lombards, Alboin, with several successful campaigns under his belt, marched the Lombards into Italy with 30,000 Saxons. Cities fell quickly under the army, and soon all was taken except for Rome and Ravenna.

Ironically, an quarrel between Alboin and his wife led to his demise: she had him murdered after he insulted her at dinner.

After the death of Alboin, the region become unbound, as no one was strong enough to keep the various armies together.

During this time churches were raided, Roman nobles killed, and citied were overthrown. As a result, Italy was divided into several regions, each with a Duke as its leader.

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