Paul the Deacon

(c. 720—800)

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chronicler. Of Lombard descent, he received an exceptionally good education. About 781 he visited Charlemagne and remained in Francia until c.785. Possibly after he had retired to Monte Cassino, he undertook his main work, the Historia Gentis Langobardorum covering the period from 568 to 744; it is the chief source for the Lombard history of the time, being especially valuable for Franco-Lombard relations and for its vivid picture of life in that age.

Subjects: Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500) — Christianity.

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