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The persecutions were more intense and affected more people than they had in previous centuries. War debts were responsible for new sorts of taxes. An extended kin group with deep-rooted claims to the caliphate, militant supporters, considerable money, and the backing of a powerful propaganda machine, the Abbasids organized an army in Khurasan today eastern Iran and marched undefeated into Iraq.

The Franks absorbed the Kingdom of the Burgundians, the territory of the Alamanni, and the northern lick of land previously held by the Visigoths around Arles. Around the same time, the rights of Jews as “Roman citizens” were denied; henceforth, in law at least, they had only servile status.

Thus Henry II exercised sometimes more, sometimes less power over a realm stretching from northern England to the Pyrenees.

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The most famous of these was Columbus’s voyage to the west in But the papacy, fearful of encirclement by the Staufen dynasty, called upon Charles of Anjou, brother of the king of France, to take over the Kingdom of Sicily in The peasants farmed the land and paid yearly dues to their lord. Many chose exile over conversos status. A “public” emperor is one who rules with the aid of a civil service.

But by the Carolingian period, most monks were priests, and although nuns were not, they were not considered part of the laity because they had taken vows to the church. Inat the age of 15, he became an adult and was able to take the reins of power. Your answer should include these considerations: They exist in an abstract space largely devoid of any natural features. Christians also brought their religion to the West. The Medieval Review http: They wrote synthetic summaries of all possible knowledge.


Afterthe Duke of Burgundy abandoned the English and supported the French. Like the biblical slayer of Goliath, Basil also was a giant-slayer—in this case via wars of expansion. The chief causes of such scarcity have traditionally been sought in demographics and declining food production.

By the time of his death, Lithuania was the major player in Eastern Europe. In the thirteenth century in the West, the Cathars were called dualists although they considered themselves true Christiansand their doctrine was classified as heretical. The war against the Persians was indecisive; the wars against the Vandals in North Africa and against the Ostrogoths in Italy seemed to give him victory, and the south of Spain was brought under Roman rule.

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They linked Byzantium to the Slavic north and Islamic east, while at the same time buffering it from attacks. Flanders, which made shortt half of the Burgundian duchy, was dependent on England for the wool that it turned into cloth. The dispute began inwhen Emperor Leo III the Isaurian denounced sacred portraits publicly, saying that they inspired the wrong kind of devotion. During the Investiture Conflict, Italian cities were far less important allies of the papacy, which found its best support among the landed nobility, especially Matilda of Tuscany.

Even if they did not expel Jews so dramatically, many Byzantine cities forbade Jews from mixing with Christians. Emporia on the borders of the Carolingian kingdom served as economic centers for this three-way traffic. Thus the Christians and the Almohads were mainly responsible for the changes.

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Saint-Lazare of Autun Figure 5. In particular, both church and royal courts expanded to address the concerns of an increasingly litigious society. New forms of religious life focused on rejecting wealth and embracing poverty.

Human action was responsible for aggravating food shortages across Europe. The new barbarian kingdoms completely reshaped the West. See Virgin Mary below.


Fought inthe Battle of Legnano pitted Emperor Fredrick I Barbarossa against the Lombard League, the alliance between most of the cities of northern Italy and the papacy. Wars between Milan and Venice ended with the Peace of Lodi inleaving both a dominating ,iddle in the north of Italy. Culturally speaking, al-Andalus was a mixture of ethnicities and religions, visible in mjddle arts, architecture, and literature.

Hus was burned as a heretic, and the Hussites were persecuted. Refers in the first instance to the Roman Empire. But the subsequent successes of the conversos stirred resentment among the “Old Christians. To wield power over church matters.

As the Mongol Empire disintegrated and the Ottomans took over the East, Europeans began to turn away from the trade routes fostered by the Mongols toward newly discovered avenues.

The ciompi wool-carders rebellion, as the movement was called, succeeded briefly in taking over the Florentine government and permitting some new guilds to form there.

Economic activity largely shifted to the countryside, where local populations themselves produced most of the food and commodities they needed. Most of the conquests of Justinian—with the exception of some parts of Italy—were quickly overturned.

The ships departed from Portugal and Spain. Only there is true, eternal happiness to be found. The fueros were first issued by King Alfonso VIII of Castile in at Cuenca in order to codify judicial institutions that safeguarded the peace and rights of city dwellers.

Saladin was the son agfs Ayyub, a Kurdish leader of a family agea warriors known as the Ayyubids. When unemployed, they roved the countryside, living off the gains of pillage.

Fourth EditionVolume 1 Barbara H. By the cemetery had become a center of settlement. A survey of people and property in England ordered in by William I after his conquest there in