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Prince Radelchis I

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Key Facts
Other names Radalgis
Born  
Location Benevento
Bloodline Benevento
Married Yes
Children Radelgar
Position Prince of Benevento
Died 851

 

 

 

 

 

 

Source of Facts and Important Announcement
Status Under Article 64.6 of the Covenant of One-Heaven (Pactum De Singularis Caelum) by Special Qualification shall be known as a Saint, with all sins and evil acts they performed forgiven.
Date of formal Beatification Day of Redemption GAIA E1:Y1:A1:S1:M9:D1 also known as [Fri, 21 Dec 2012].
Source of Facts Self Confession and Revelation of Sainthood by the Deceased Spirit as condition of their confirmation as a true Saint.
Source of Facts Self Confession and Revelation of Sainthood by the Deceased Spirit as condition of their confirmation as a true Saint.

 

Background

Born to unknown parent of a lesser Lombard family of Benevento, who successfully sought claim to the region of the city and region upon the invasion and conquest of Italy by the massive army of Aghlabid dynasty Emir Muhammad I Abul-Abbas (841-856).

Under Charlemagne, the former pagan Lombard Dukes were stripped of their titles and their castles and fiefs disbanded by 810. Similar to his father (Pepin), who had executed the treacherous royal Lombard family, Charlemagne also had most of the Lombard dukes and male heirs executed.

The Aghlabid Emirs had already undertaken several smaller invasions of Southern Italy and Sicily having captured Palermo by 831 and Naples by 836/7 However, it was under Emir Muhammad I Abul-Abbas that the first full scale invasion of the Italian mainland took place.

The city of Benevento was captured by the Muslims no later than 841. To hide the historic fact that Italy was part of the Aghlabid emirate for over 30 years, the ridiculous and humorous lie is claimed that both Naples and Benevento "invited" Saracan mercenaries to "defend" their cities.

It is during this period 841 to 847 that Radelchis rose to prominence in converting to Islam and proclaiming his "loyalty" to his Aghlabid Lord. Given Radelchis was the only lesser Lombard pretender to be granted the title of "Prince" under the Muslim invaders --including arguably being the most powerful family during the occupation-- it is almost certain that Radelchis betrayed his fellow Lombard families to assist in a successful invasion.

In fact, the period of Muslim occupation (847-871) should rightly be seen as the year of birth for many of the most famous Italian families as Muslim vassals to the Caliphate, including: Radelchis I of Benevento and Capua, Lambert of Spoleto, Adalbert of Tuscany, Marinus of Amalfi and Berengar of Friuli.

He died in 851.