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Gregory of Tours – Medieval historian

By |2017-08-03T22:21:27+00:00August 3rd, 2017|Literature, Medieval|

This reading desk belonged to a nun, St. Radegund, who was Gregory's friend. Do you see the chi-rho symbol near the top? Gregory of Tours was born about 538 AD - we don't know exactly when. His parents were both rich people, from rich families. When Gregory grew up, he became the Bishop of Tours, which was a city in the center [...]

Early Middle Ages – Dark Age Europe

By |2017-08-02T16:40:06+00:00August 2nd, 2017|History, Medieval|

Interior of Hagia Sophia The Early Middle Ages comes after the fall of Rome, about 400 AD. But all the way through the Early Middle Ages, European people still thought of themselves as living in the Roman Empire and being Romans. Even armies who had invaded by force thought they were Romans. Even armies who [...]

Early France: the Franks and the Merovingians

By |2018-05-14T23:41:44+00:00August 2nd, 2017|History, Medieval|

Early France: A Merovingian fibula (a pin to hold a cloak on) from the 500s-600s AD Early France:  the Franks invade Gaul Who were the Franks? The Franks had been living for some time in northern Germany when the weakness of the Roman Empire tempted them to move south in the 400s AD. Compared to the Visigoths and [...]

Carcassonne – medieval castles

By |2018-04-15T16:50:56+00:00July 30th, 2017|Architecture, Medieval|

Carcassonne (1060s to 1240s AD) Carcassonne, on top of a hill where you can see for miles, has always been important for any army that wanted to control southern France. It controls a crossroads where a big road from the Atlantic Ocean to the Mediterranean Sea crosses the main road from France to Spain. By [...]

Heian period – Early Medieval Japan

By |2018-04-18T09:53:54+00:00July 27th, 2017|History, Japan|

Godai Kokuzo Bodhisattva (Jingo-ji Temple, Kyoto), ca. 800-900 AD After Empress Koken died in 770 AD, there was a major change in how Japan's government worked. The powerful families got more power, the same way they did in China about this time. Women were shut out of power. The next emperor, Konin, was an old man (62 years [...]