Vol. 1: A seculo VI usque ad 803

Lombard King Agilulf renews peace with the Byzantine Emperor and the Franks as the Slavs ravage across Istria (narrative accounts from Paul the Deacon's History of the Lombards).

Paul the Deacon, History of the Lombards, book 4, chap. 40. Original autograph is lost, numerous copies from 8th century onwards exist (cf. Bethmann's and Waitz's edition referenced below). FIM edition is based on the following manuscript:
B = Cividale del Friuli, Museo Archeologico Nazionale, Archivi e Biblioteca, ms. XXVIII, fol. 53v; copy from the second quarter of the 9th century; the manuscript is digitized and available online for consultation here.
Previous Editions
Ludwig Konrad Bethmann and Georg Waitz (eds.), Pauli Historia Langobardorum, Monumenta Germaniae historica, Scriptores rerum Germanicarum in usum scholarum separatim editi 48 (Hannover 1878), p. 168.
FIM Edition
Diplomatic edition based on B.

Rex vero Agilulf pacem cum imperatore in annum unum itemque in alterum faciens, cum Francis quoque iterato pacis concordiam renovavit.

Hoc nihilominus anno Sclavi Histriam, interfectis militibus, lacrimabiliter depredati sunt.


King Agilulf, indeed, made peace with the Emperor for one year, and again for another, and he also renewed for a second time the bond of peace with the Franks.

In this year, nevertheless, the Slavs grievously devastated Istria after killing the soldiers who defended it.

[translation taken from Paul the Deacon, History of the Lombards, trans. William Dudley Foulke, ed. Edward Peters (Philadelphia 2003; 1st ed. 1907), p. 189, and slightly modified by the editor.]

Selected Bibliography
Florin Curta, "The Early Slavs in the Northern and Eastern Adriatic Region: A Critical Approach," Archeologia Medievale 37 (2010): pp. 307-29.
Editor's Notes

Another episode of Slavic incursions into Istria, at the time still a Byzantine province. For the entire story arc of Slavic incursions into Istria as read from the written primary sources, see this source.

How to Cite
First citation: Josip Banic (ed.), Fontes Istrie medievalis, vol. 1: A seculo VI usque ad 803, doc. 612_HL, (last access: date).
Subsequent citations: FIM, 1: doc. 612_HL.
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