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Altar of Ratchis in Cividale, dedicated to the memory of his father Pemmo

Ratchis (Rachis - Raditschs - Radics - Radiks, there are various spellings) was the Duke of Friuli (739-744) and King of the Lombards (744-749). His father was Duke Pemmo. His Roman wife was Tassia. He ruled in peace until he besieged, for reasons unknown, Perugia. Pope Zachary convinced him to lift the siege and he abdicated and entered, with his family, the abbey of Montecassino. After the death of Aistulf in 756, he tried once again to reign over the Lombards, but he was defeated by Desiderius and retired to a cloister.[1]


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Further reading

  • Paul the Deacon, Historia Langobardorum Storia dei Longobardi; introduzione di Claudio Leonardi; apparati critici e iconografici a cura di Roberto Cassanelli. Milano: Electa, 1985 (Latin & Italian)
  • Jörg Jarnut, Storia dei Longobardi, Torino: Einaudi, 2002 ISBN 88-464-4085-4
  • Sergio Rovagnati, I Longobardi, Milano: Xenia, 2003 ISBN 88-7273-484-3
Regnal titles
Preceded by
Duke of Friuli
739 – 744
Succeeded by
Preceded by
King of the Lombards
744 – 749

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