Alboin

/al"boyn, -boh in/, n.
died A.D. 573?, king of the Langobards 561?-573?

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▪ king of Lombardy
died June 28, 572 or 573, Verona, Lombardy [Italy]

      king of the Germanic Lombards (Lombard) whose exceptional military and political skills enabled him to conquer northern Italy.

      When Alboin succeeded his father, Audoin, about 565, the Lombards occupied Noricum and Pannonia (now in Austria and western Hungary), while their long-standing enemies the Gepidae bordered them on the east in Dacia (now Hungary). Astutely allying himself with the Avars, the eastern neighbours of the Gepidae, Alboin defeated his foes and killed their king, Cunimund. After the death of his first wife, he forced Cunimund's daughter Rosamund to marry him. Wars against the Gepidae probably resumed thereafter nonetheless.

      Alboin assembled adventurers from other Germanic tribes, including some Saxons, and prepared his combined forces, together with their women and children, for a migration across the Alps into Italy, which was held at that time by the Byzantines. The severely disorganized and generally unprepared provinces in northern Italy offered little resistance to the invading Lombards. Having swept through Venice, Milan, Tuscany, and Benevento, in 572 or 573 Alboin conquered Pavia, on the Ticino River, the future capital of the newly created Lombard kingdom. According to tradition, Alboin was assassinated by order of his wife Rosamund after he had forced her to follow the Lombard custom of drinking from the skull of her slain father; the Byzantines seem to have had a hand in the plot.

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