By: Martin Urquizo
The Lombards started in the 1st century and reached its height in the 7th and 8th century. The leader of the Lombards was Alboin and in 568 they invaded northern Italy and established an kingdom with Pavia as its capital.
In the Lombard kingdom they accepted Catholicism, roman culture, and Latin speech. Also the bishops were the chief magistrates in the cities. The laws of the Lombard kingdom were both a mixture of roman and Germanic traditions.