652) to Liutprand (712-744) the Lombard kings, succeeding one another in the irregular fashion of the time, sometimes by descent, sometimes by election, sometimes by conspiracy and violence, strove fitfully to enlarge their boundaries, and contended with the aristocracy of dukes inherent in the original organization of the nation, an element which, though much weakened, always embarrassed the power of the crown, and checked the unity of the nation.
They have no drainage to the sea, save fitfully for slight areas through the Colorado river.
Shortly afterwards Clive returned to England in ill-health, but the war continued fitfully for many years.
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