Borders Drawn in Blood
The Normans were introduced to the Italian Peninsula as Mercenaries and have since taken over much of the Southern portion. Even though they are ethnically a mix of Germanic (The Franks) and Scandinavian (The Vikings) they have adopted the Frankish Language. IT is an early predecessor of French and still similar to Latin. French in the predominant language of Salerno, Capua, and Benevento.