Lanfranc's birthplace, Pavia, had its origin in the Roman municipium of Ticinum which was established before the Christian era on the River Ticino, just north of its confluence with the River Po. Neither Lanfranc's own writings nor anything written about him gives any positive evidence for the impact upon his mind of Pavia's long history or of the events there in his childhood and youth. Yet the environment in which he grew up should be remembered when his later career is studied, most of all in the years during which he was actively engaged in the religious and secular affairs of the Anglo-Norman kingdom. Except for the assured fact of his progress from Pavia to the border of Normandy at Bec, the 1030s are the most obscure decade of Lanfranc's life. This chapter offers a glimpse into Lanfranc's early life, including his family, education, and career.
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