- Jul 2015
I am unsure of the Longobards (as we call them here) pattern of occupation, but my guess is that it is similar to the Goths in Italy and Spain, with a "foreign" aristocracy which didn't intermingle with the locals. That was not the pattern of the Franks.You see, it was a kind of rebirth of the Roman - Gaul soul. I could make a parallel with Northern Italy. Here [well, now I'm in London, I mean in my homeland, Piedmont] the "Lombards", a Germanic population, dominated for centuries and they controlled almost all the peninsula. They made something similar to what Franks did in France. They left a legacy and they even gave the name to a wide region: the Lombardia [the land of the Lombards]. Today it's the richest Italian region with about 10,000,000 inhabitants. But Northern Italy has kept its Roman - Gaul soul. Like modern French is "Latin", also modern Italian [developed in Northern Italy starting from the Florentine school] is "Latin". Both the languages are well far from being "Germanic".
Probably in both the regions they felt also the cultural / social need to differentiate themselves from the Germanic invaders / rulers.