Authari


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Authari

(ô`thârī), d. 590, Lombard king (584–90). Elected by the Lombard dukes to end the anarchy that prevailed in Italy after the murder (572?) of Alboin (see LombardsLombards
, ancient Germanic people. By the 1st cent. A.D. the Lombards were settled along the lower Elbe. After obscure migrations they were allowed (547) by Byzantine Emperor Justinian I to settle in Pannonia and Noricum (modern Hungary and E Austria).
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), Authari consolidated Lombard power in N Italy and repelled several Frankish invasions instigated by the popes.
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King Authari died, and was succeeded by Agilulf, Duke of the Lombard
would not pursue the same goal--the conquest of Rome--as had Authari.
After the marriage of Catholic Princess Theodolinda with Longobard king Authari first, and king Agiluf second, Catholic churches were built in Longobard castles.