This incomplete history in six books was written after and at any rate no later than , maybe at Montecassino. The history covers the story of the Lombards from their mythical origins to the death of King Liutprand in , and contains much information about the Eastern Roman empire , the Franks , and others. The story is told from the point of view of a Lombard patriot and is especially valuable for its treatment of the relations between the Franks and the Lombards. As his primary sources, Paul used the document called the Origo gentis Langobardorum , the Liber pontificalis , the lost history of Secundus of Trent , and the lost annals of Benevento ; he also made free use of works by Bede , Gregory of Tours , and Isidore of Seville. According to a study made by Laura Pani in , there are surviving codices of Paul's history. A popular work in the Middle Ages , as indicated by the number of copies and their dissemination throughout Western Europe, more than twenty of these manuscripts predate the 11th century while another eighty or more were copied later.
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A 9th century manuscript containing one of the oldest surviving copies of the Historia Langobardorum written by Paul the Deacon circa s , the codex dates back to only a few decades after the text was written. The text is a mixture of tales from the mythical origins of the Lombard people to the death of King Liutprand in The narrative is also full of details about the Byzantine Empire , the Frankish people and the Papal State.
The Historia Langobardoum, a vivid narrative of the history of the Lombard people, written in a somehow epic manner, is the main source for the history of those turbulent years. One of the oldest and most complete ones is the Codice Cividalese Cod. Though extremely incomplete, since it only contains parts of books II and V, the oldest copy of the Historia is that preserved in the so-called Palimpsest of Assisi.
As a matter of fact, the script includes elements from the so-called Early-Medieval scripts , but also features of caroline minuscule. During the 9th century the latter was employed in different areas of the Sacred Roman Empire, and was the answer to the cultural and graphical unification prompted in general by Charlemagne.
The manuscript decoration consists of simple initials penned by the scribe during his work, which were subsequently coloured red or green. These initials can be likened to those in the uncial alphabet ; some of them, however, can take up a variety of forms, some of which are closer to the capital alphabet. The half binding the manuscript once featured is now lost.
The nut-tree boards are 4mm thick. The quires are bound by three double bands. The latter are made up of a small twisted piece of string as was customary in medieval times. The commentary volume to this facsimile edition pages contains the full transcription of the manuscript and rich scholarly essays on the Historia Langobardorum.
Exact replica of the current 15th century binding of the original manuscript, with walnut Juglans regia solid plates. Due to publishers' policies, some prices can't be displayed online, however we can answer to direct enquiries.
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One of the Oldest, Most Complete Copies of the Historia Langobardorum copies of the now lost original still exist. Manuscript book description compiled by the publisher. Binding Exact replica of the current 15th century binding of the original manuscript, with walnut Juglans regia solid plates. Not what you were looking for?
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