Historia Langobardorum

Historia Langobardorum
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Alternate Names:
Paulus Diaconus' History of the Lombards -- History of the Langobards -- Storia dei Longobardi di Paolo Diacono
Cividale del Friuli (?)
21.3 × 15.2 cm − 192 pp
Date Description:
ca. 825-850
Paul the Deacon (Paulus Diaconus)
History of the Lombards
Caroline minuscule; pre-caroline scripts, sometimes similar to uncial.
Type of Decoration:
The text is written by a single scribe who mixes caroline and pre-caroline features in the script. The caroline minuscule bears witness to the Charlemagne's promotion of geographical and cultural unification in the 9th century. The main decorations in the manuscript are red and green ink colored initials throughout the manuscript. Most of these look like uncial, some however are in other forms including the capital script. The manuscript thus represents a unique mixing of various medieval scripts within the same text. The binding, with "bare boards" is from the 15th century, the original binding having been lost.
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Call Number:
Rare Books Large DG 511 .P4 2015
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Nature of Facsimile:
Full-size color reproduction of entire manuscript
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Place of Publication:
Pontirolo Nuovo, Italy
CAPSA, Ars Scriptoria
This manuscript contains one of the oldest surviving copies of the Historia Langobardorum. This is the most important work by Paul the Deacon (circa 720s-799), a Lombard monk from Cividale del Friuli, who was active at Montecassino and lived at Charlemagne's court. The text spans the entire history of the Lombard people from their mythical origins to the death of King Liutprand in 743, with much detail about the Byzantine Empire, the Frankish people and the Papal State. It is the main source for the history of that period, especially important as a source of information about the relationship between the Franks and the Lombards, written from the perspective of a Lombard patriot. Commentary in Italian by Pani, Laura; Gasparri, Stefano; Vittor, Elisa contains full transcription of the manuscript and scholarly essays on the Historia Langobardorum