IMC 2018: Sessions

Session 1117: The Lombard Warrior Reconsidered

Wednesday 4 July 2018, 11.15-12.45

Sponsor:Fritz Thyssen Stiftung, Köln
Organiser:Guido M. Berndt, Friedrich-Meinecke-Institut, Freie Universität Berlin
Moderator/Chair:Christopher Heath, Department of History, Politics & Philosophy, Manchester Metropolitan University
Paper 1117-aLombard Warriors: Facts and Fiction
(Language: English)
Guido M. Berndt, Friedrich-Meinecke-Institut, Freie Universität Berlin
Index terms: Archaeology - Artefacts, Historiography - Medieval, Military History
Paper 1117-bWarrior Equals Man?: Masculinity and Weapons in the Written, Iconographic, and Archaeological Sources of the Lombard Period
(Language: English)
Giulia Vollono, Independent Scholar, Rome
Index terms: Archaeology - Artefacts, Gender Studies, Mentalities, Military History
Paper 1117-cRepresentation and Reality: A Beneventan Warrior Elite, 8th-9th Century
(Language: English)
Giulia Zornetta, Dipartimento di Studi storici, geografici e antropologici, Università di Padova / School of History, University of St Andrews
Index terms: Hagiography, Historiography - Medieval, Military History

Until recently, the conception of the Lombards’ identity as barbarian warriors has been taken for granted. In a historical re-construction of early medieval Europe, the Lombards have indeed long exercised a formative influence on how we imagine characteristic warriors. This session will focus on the specific role of warriors in the Italo-Lombard society between the 6th and the 9th centuries. These three papers aim to present the results of new research by not only reconsidering the most important written sources but also taking into account the remains of material culture, in particular the so-called Lombard weapon graves.