An introduction to the middle ages

An introduction to the middle ages

By the Treaty of Verduna kingdom between the Rhine and Rhone rivers was created for Lothair to go with his lands in Italy, and his imperial title was recognised. Judaism was an active proselytising faith, and at least one Arab political leader converted to it.

The defeat of Muslim forces at the Battle of Tours in led to the reconquest of southern France by the Franks, but the main reason for the halt of Islamic growth in Europe was the overthrow of the Umayyad Caliphate and its replacement by the Abbasid Caliphate.

Eventually, Louis recognised his eldest son Lothair I d. The Frankish lands were rural in character, with only a few small cities.

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Little trade existed and much of that was with the British Isles and Scandinavia, in contrast to the older Roman Empire with its trading networks centred on the Mediterranean.

In contrast to heavy Romanesque buildings, Gothic architecture seems to be almost weightless. The Middle Ages: Art and Architecture Another way to show devotion to the Church was to build grand cathedrals and other ecclesiastical structures such as monasteries.

Louis the German was in control of Bavaria and the eastern lands in modern-day Germany. Under such monks as Columba d. All these strands came together with the emergence of Islam in Arabia during the lifetime of Muhammad d.

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They were also promised protection in case of enemy invasion. Under the caliphs, great cities such as Cairo, Baghdad and Damascus fostered a vibrant intellectual and cultural life. Later members of his family inherited the office, acting as advisers and regents. Gold continued to be minted until the end of the 7th century, when it was replaced by silver coins. They also received more worldly rewards, such as papal protection of their property and forgiveness of some kinds of loan payments. Most European monasteries were of the type that focuses on community experience of the spiritual life, called cenobitism , which was pioneered by Pachomius d. The basic Frankish silver coin was the denarius or denier , while the Anglo-Saxon version was called a penny. The Crusades began in , when Pope Urban summoned a Christian army to fight its way to Jerusalem , and continued on and off until the end of the 15th century. The shape of European monasticism was determined by traditions and ideas that originated with the Desert Fathers of Egypt and Syria. Craftsmen in monasteries and later in universities created illuminated manuscripts: handmade sacred and secular books with colored illustrations, gold and silver lettering and other adornments. By the end of the 7th century, under the impact of the Muslim conquests, African products were no longer found in Western Europe. In the 12th century, urban booksellers began to market smaller illuminated manuscripts, like books of hours, psalters and other prayer books, to wealthy individuals. Under such monks as Columba d. The only part of Western Europe where the papacy had influence was Britain, where Gregory had sent the Gregorian mission in to convert the Anglo-Saxons to Christianity. Meanwhile, the Crusades had expanded trade routes to the East and given Europeans a taste for imported goods such as wine, olive oil and luxurious textiles.

Frescoes and mosaics decorated church interiors, and artists painted devotional images of the Virgin Mary, Jesus and the saints. Poets, scientists and philosophers wrote thousands of books on paper, a Chinese invention that had made its way into the Islamic world by the 8th century.

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The Middle Ages Introduction