From the earliest times, successive waves of foreign invaders have left their mark on Italy. Beginning with Germanic invasions that undermined the Roman Empire and culminating with the establishment of the modern nation, Girolamo Arnaldi explores the dynamic exchange between outsider and "native," liberally illustrated with interpretations of the foreigners drawn from a range of sources. Accessible and entertaining, this outside-in history of Italy is a telling reminder of the many interwoven strands that make up the fabric of modern Europe.
Girolamo Arnaldi is Professor Emeritus of Medieval History, University of Bologna and University of Rome, La Sapienza.
Preface 1. From the Sack of Rome to Odoacer, "King of the Nations" 2. Ostrogoths, Romans of Italy and Romans of the East 3. The Longobards in War and Peace and the Origins of the Temporal Dominion of the Popes and of Venice 4. In the Empire of Charlemagne and within the Shelter of the City Walls 5. Germans at Legnano, Normans in Southern Italy and Sicily 6. The Meteor Frederick II and the Bitter "Chickpeas" of the French in Sicily 7. The Chalk of Charles VIII and the Lance of Fieramosca 8. Milan and Naples in the Castilian Empire 9. The Austrians and the Lombardo-Venetian Kingdom 10. A Pseudoconquest and a True Liberation Notes Index