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Source Details

Foulke, William, trans; Peters, Edward, ed., History of the Lombards (The Middle Ages Series. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania)

Text name(s): De gestis Langobardorum

Number of pages of primary source text: 314


Dates: 476 - 776

Archival Reference: 

Original Language(s): 

  • Latin


  • Translated into English.

Translation Comments: 

Geopolitical Region(s): 

  • Italy


Record Types: 

  • Chronicle, Annals

Subject Headings: 

  • Early Germanic Peoples: Goths, Franks, etc.
  • Government
  • Law - Secular
  • Literature - Folklore, Legends
  • Royalty / Monarchs


  • Bibliography
  • Introduction


The History of the Lombards is one of the oldest accounts of the Germanic kingdoms. The Lombards were the last Germanic tribe to migrate through Western Europe, appearing in the early part of the sixth century to the late part of the eighth century. This is a full-text translation, with an introduction written by Edward Peters. Although the History of the Lombards has gone through numerous editions and translations, this is the only one in English. A popular book in the middle ages, this source provides information regarding the myths, laws, culture, and society of the Germanic Kingdoms.

Introduction Summary: 

Peters’ introduction begins with an assessment of Foulke, the translator of this edition. He goes on to describe the Lombard invasion of Italy in 568 and to assess their history before telling the reader about Paul the Deacon (the author of the chronicle).

Cataloger: cdb; SES