1st Edition

The Little History of the Lombards of Benevento by Erchempert A Critical Edition and Translation of ‘Ystoriola Longobardorum Beneventum degentium’

Edited By Luigi Andrea Berto Copyright 2021
    184 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    184 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This volume presents the analysis, English translation, and critical edition of the Latin text of The Little History of the Lombards of Benevento, thus offering an important contribution for a better understanding of early medieval southern Italian (and Mediterranean) history.

    In the 840s, having passed the danger of subjugation by Charlemagne, southern Italy’s Lombards experienced a bloody civil war that put an end to their unity and turned southern Italy into the playground of several competing powers: Lombard lords, the Neapolitans, the Frankish and the Byzantine Empires, the Muslims, and, sometimes, even the papacy. At the end of the ninth century, the Cassinese monk Erchempert composed a chronicle about this period that blamed the southern Lombard leaders for the terrible crisis of southern Italy. It was Erchempert’s desire that future generations could learn from the folly of their forbearers, and his chronicle has since become the most relevant source for southern Italy between the 770s and the 880s.

    The book will appeal to scholars and students of chronicles, Lombards, Franks, Byzantines, and Muslims in early medieval Italy, as well as all those interested in medieval Europe.

    1. Introduction  2. Appendix A  3. Appendix B  4. Appendix C  5. Genealogy of the Capuan dynasty  6. Bibliography  7. Erchempert, Little History of the Lombards of Benevento   8. Erchempertus, Ystoriola Longobardorum Beneventum degentium



    Luigi Andrea Berto is Professor of Medieval History at Western Michigan University, USA. His research focuses on medieval Italy and the Mediterranean, with a special interest in the use of the past in the medieval and modern periods, and the relationships between Christians and Muslims.

    ‘Berto provides a lively and readable edition and translation of Erchempert’s text, supported with detailed notes and contextual material covering the source and its contents, its manuscript tradition, and its author. As such it is to be hoped that it will stimulate further research both on the complex geopolitics of ninth-century Italy in general and Erchempert’s History in particular’ - Early Medieval Europe, 31:1 (2023).