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Aripert [II] dei Longobardi, re dei Longobardi

Also Known As: "Aripert ou Aribert ou Ansprand II de Turin - de Lombardie", "17th King of the Lombards"
Birthplace: Turin, (Present Piedmont), Lombard Kingdom (Present Italy)
Death: Died
Immediate Family:

Son of Godeperto, king of the Lombards and Ragnetrude of East Anglia
Husband of Theodorada
Father of Petrussa dei Longobardi and Gumbert, Reigning in Exile, Hereditary Prince of the Lombard's
Brother of Raginpert, king of the Lombards

Occupation: Roi, de Lombardie
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About Aripert II, King of the Lombards

Aripert II di Lombardia, King of the Lombards

Aripert II (also spelled Aribert) was the king of the Lombards from 701 to 712. Duke of Turin and son of King Raginpert, and thus a scion of the Bavarian Dynasty, he was associated with the throne as early as 700. He was removed by Liutpert, who reigned from 700 to 702, with the exception of the year 701, when Raginpert seized the throne. After his father's death, he tried to take the throne, too. He defeated Liutpert and the regent Ansprand's men at Pavia and captured the king, whom he later had strangled in his bath. He seized the capital and forced Ansprand over the Alps. He was firmly in power by 703.

He thence reigned uninterrupted until his death. His reign was a troubled one. In 703, Faroald, duke of Spoleto, attacked the Exarchate of Ravenna, but Aripert refused to assist him, for he wanted good relations with papacy and empire. He tried nevertheless to assert his authority over Spoleto and Benevento in the Mezzogiorno. He nursed friendship with Pope John VI by donating vast tracts of land in the Cottian Alps to the Holy See. This friendship helped him little, for he had many rebellions to deal with and many Slovene raids into Venetia.

In 711, Ansprand, whom he had exiled, returned with a large army from the duke of Bavaria, Theudebert. Many Austrians (the men of Venetia and the east) joined the returning regent and battle was joined by Pavia. Aripert fled to his capital when the tide went against him, but he horded the treasures and tried to cross over into Gaul by night. He drowned in the River Ticino and Ansprand was acclaimed sovereign. He was the last Bavarian to wear the Iron Crown.

Alternate Story

Reginbert 1: King of the Lombards in Italy (r 700).

He was Duke of Turin before succeeding as King. On the death of his cousin, King Cunnincpert I in 700, he rose in rebellion and marched eastward with a strong army and met Ansprand, the guardian of the Boy King Luitpert on the plain of Novara. He defeated Ansprand and his allies and won the crown. However he died three months later, he had two sons- Aripert and Gumbert.

Gumbert, Prince of the Lombard's

Born ca: 665, and died in France in Exile in 700, at an unknown date. On the death of their father in 700, Gumbert's elder brother Aripert II succeeded to the throne, but he had to fight Ansprand and his allies for the throne and Aripert being Victorious, Ansprand fled, leaving his family behind. King Aripert II in revenge , mutilated Ansprand's wife and one of their daughters.

Ansprand returned with an army in 712, and was Victorious, and Aripert II was advised by his supporters to flee to France and raise an army to fight for his throne, however he was drowned crossing the river Tecino.

Gumbert made it successfully to France with his three sons, fearing that Ansparnd would take revenge on his sons, for what his brother Aripert had done to his wife and daughter.

It was his great grandson Manfred III (Matfrid I, von Eifelgau), Comte de Orleans, who in 834 returned to Italy on the request of his nephew, King Lothaire I, King of Italy (Future Emperor).

Broad View

Wikipedia is a great of finding clues and finding alternative sources but a terrible primary resource, of which I hope that the genealogical work on the Lombard's was not solely extracted... So, provided here below is a dash of conflicting data.

Food for thought...

From the Genealogical tables kindly provided by the Director of the 'Archivio di Stao di Vercelli', from the Microfilm of the work of T.Arborio Mella, "Genealogie di Antiche Famiglie Vercellesi, Biellesi e di Piemontesi", Proof of Nobility of Fra. Carlo Guiseppe Bernezzo-Vassallo, A.O.M.4030, (1708); and the work of Professor Ferdinand Gabotto., Vittorio Spreti, G.Crollolanza, Muscia, and other Italian works on the pedigree of the Family name Vassallo, ca 1127-1130, at Vercelli, to Sicily and Malta.

Alternate Genealogy

1. Hunno Velpio, King of the Alamanni, (c.385), with issue.

1.1. Adalger I, Crowned King of the Bavarians (c.415-508), with issue.

1.1.1. Teodo I, Duke of the Bavarians, (r.508-12), married to Reginpirga.., with issue. Teodo II, Duke of Lower Bavaria., (r.512-37), married Lucile of Alsace., with issue. Teodo III, Duke of Lower Bavaria, (r. 537-65), married with issue. Teodobert I, Duke of Lower Bavaria, (r.565-84), married with issue. Garibald I., Duke of Lower Bavaria., (584-92)., married to HRH, Princess Waldrade of Lombardy., with issue. Gundwald I, Duke of Lower Bavaria., (592-), deposed by the Duke of Upper Bavaria and fled to Lombardy, Became Duca di Asti, married HH, Princess Gundeperg of Lombardy, with issue. HH, Hereditary Duke Aripert of Lower Bavaria, elected 9th King of the Lombards (r.653-61), married with issue. HH, Princess NN of Lombardy, married Grimald, Duke of Benevento., King of Lombardy, (r.662-73). Perctarit, Joint 10th and 13th King of Lombardy, (r. 661-62, 673-89)., married Rolinda .., with issue. Cunnincert I, 14th King of Lombardy, (r. 689-700)., married HH, Princess Hermelinde of Wessex with issue. Liutperto, 15th King of Lombardy, (r.700). Godebert, Joint 10th King of Lombardy, (r. 661-62), Assassinated by his brother in-Law., married HH, Princess Ragnatrade of East Anglia, with issue. Reginbert I, Duca di Turin, 16th King of the Lombards, (r. 700), married with issue. Aripert II, 17th King of Lombardy. (r.700-712)., with issue. HH, Prince Gumbert of Lombardy, Hereditary Prince of Lombardy, (665-700 in France)., married with issue. HH, Prince Reginbert of Lombardy, Cr: Comte de Orleans., his line become extinct c. 800.

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Aripert II, King of the Lombards's Timeline

Turin, (Present Piedmont), Lombard Kingdom (Present Italy)
Age 20
Lombardy, Italy
Age 25
Age 72