I always wondered how some south-italian people I know have blonde hair and blue eyes, just like most scandinavians, and now I know the answer.
The Normanni came to Naples and they putted themselves at the service of the Duke of Naples Sergio IV around 1030.
He decided to let them have an outpost and they founded the city of Aversa (which is BTW a beautiful place to see), just 20 chilometers north of Naples.
In the following years a scandinavian family called Hauteville, “Altavilla” italianized, come from the north to change the history of Italy.
At the time Sicily was under the Arabian dominion and being an island it was almost invincible… until Ruggero d’Altavilla, taking advantage of an inner dispute between arabians in sicily, stormed the island and conquered it, expanding also to the tunisian border.
And for the first time in centuries the center-south of Italy was finally united!
The scandinavian dominion of the new reign was something never seen in the history of Italy, it was fair and peaceful….
Even if they had to live between the pressure of the pope, the arabians and Bisantium, there was so much harmony that the muslims living in Sicily lived in peace with the cristians for a very long time. (Which was such a strange thing during the time of the crusades!)
Tancredi, the last king of the Normanni, was the Count of Lecce, the Duke of Athens and the King of Sicily.
At his death, Herny IV of Germany would reclaim the throne of the reign of Sicily because of his marriage with Costanza d’Altavilla, and that put to an end the scandinavian dynasty of Italy.
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