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Lombards

Fishburn and Hughes: A Germanic nation who ruled in northern Italy between the sixth and the eighth centuries, when they were known as Longobardi. Coming from the west of Germany, under the leadership of Alboin, the Lombards crossed the Alps in 568 and occupied the whole of north, and some areas of central and south, Italy. Their rule was brutal and merciless; when they invaded Papal territories, Pope Adrian I called on the Prankish king Charlemagne, who defeated the last Lombard king Desiderius in 774 and destroyed his kingdom. Story of the Warrior and the Captive Maiden