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    Longobardia

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Longobardia

    Looking through The Penguin Historical Atlas of the Medieval World, in the chapter on The Byzantine Empire, the map shows "Longibardia" as a theme--the provincial-level division. I've owned this book for several years and hadn't noticed that before. This means that there was a Germanic state within, although I have no idea how viable that was.
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    Yes, Italy was colonised by several Germanic folks and not just the North: Odoacer's Heruli, Theodoric's Goths, Gaiseric's Vandals, Alboin's Lombards, Roger's Normans and even Angevin Franks as in England. Italy as a whole became identified particularly with the Lombards, down through the 19th century end of the Reich to which they belonged and the Savoyards who reunited the Kingdom of Lombard origin for self-rule. Yes, however, they were never entirely Germanic, nor were Spain or Portugal, both because of the Byzantines and the Arabs, neither of which posed any threat to Carolingian Franks.
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