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Over the centuries sence the dawn of time there has always been tribes of war like people that some refer to as barbarians I would like to talk a little bit about some of these Germanic tribes such as the Lombards Ostrogoths Visigoths Vandals and the Franks First off we will talk about the Lombards The word Lombard coming from the word Langobards refers to their long beards The Lombards are one of the many Germanic tribes that settled in Europe The Lombards started off in southern Sweden and over time migrated there way down into Italy They settled in modern day Hungary and Eastern Austria For centuries the territory that is modern Austria was the border between Roman and Germanic culture In 568 Alboin lead the invasion into Italy were they set up there own kingdom and later worked their way down into southern Italy Authari is the next king to come into power He was elected to this position to try to strengthen the Lombards hold on Europe from the Franks the Byzantine Empire and the popes of that time The height of the Lomardian Kingdom was in the 7th and 8th century until Catholicism took over in the place of Aryanism The Popes in Rome feared the Lombards would take over there power IN 754 Pope Stephen II asked the Franks for help Pepin the Short invaded Italy and defeated the Lombards giving the popes part of central Italy In 774 Charlemagne the son of Pepin defeated the Lombards and was crowned king and to show his strength he was crowned with the Lombard crown Because of this the franks won control of Italy and the popes power remained intact The Ostrogoths and the Visigoths both fall into the Barbarian category called the Goths These groups were one in the beginning They were descendents of the Gotar of Southern Sweden They settled north of the black see
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