Historian, poet, monk of monte cassino; lived in the second half of the 9th century. The very few biographical details known about Erchempert (namely, those concerning his activities in the years c. 880 to 888) derive from his main work, the Historiola Langobardorum Beneventi degentium, which traces the history of the southern Italian Lombards, the author's own people, from 774 to 889. The Historiola is a primary source for the history of southern Italy in that period. Erchempert himself (Historiola c.31) alludes to his poetical work, of which little survives except the dedicatory poem of the Historiola [U. Westerbergh, Beneventan Ninth Century Poetry (Stockholm 1957) 8–29] and some verses he added to a metrical calendar of Anglo-Saxon origin (ibid. 74–90).
Bibliography: p. meyvaert, Dictionnaire d'histoire et de géographie ecclésiastiques 15:685–687.