Early Middle Ages: from Byzantium to Feudalism

   - From Byzantine Empire to Feudalism -

   






    476 AD, the latest western Roman Emperor has just been removed from power.  Barbarians have crossed over the Roman  limes (=borders) and settled in the ancient Roman provinces.

        Most of them, but not all, were Germanic people and their rulers became the new kings of small Germanic Kingdoms.

        A new Europe is arising, blending germanic traditions with the Roman cultural Legacy. All over Europe, Christendom becomes the actual link.

        This is a dark and confusing period, but the Roman heritage has not disappeared: in the eastern Europe the Roman power still remains, we call it Byzantine Empire; in western Europe Charlemagne, a Frankish king, is crowned by Pope as the new Roman Western Emperor.

        But in the 7th century the Islamic caliphates, a new power  with   a new non Christian religion, came into scene and conquered swaths of formerly Roman territory, reaching ancient Hispania in
the year 711. Most of the Iberian Peninsula was brought under Muslim rule.

        Historians called this period in European History the Early Middle Ages. It lasted from the 5th century to approximately the 11th century.
    So, the Early Middle Ages followed the decline of the Western Roman Empire and preceded the High Middle Ages (c. 1001–1300).
    
      As well, this period has been labelled the Dark Ages because
of the relative scarcity of literary and cultural output from this
time, especially in Western Europe.


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