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Mary’s dress – Medieval Chartres

By |2018-12-27T09:45:15-07:00August 4th, 2017|History|

Mary's tunic, preserved in a glass case in the treasury of Chartres cathedral in France Romantic story of Mary's dress About 800 AD, Empress Irene  was ruling the Roman Empire in Eastern Europe and West Asia. Charlemagne was the ruler of the Holy Roman Empire in Western Europe. According to a popular story, Irene wanted [...]

Who was Charlemagne? Early Middle Ages

By |2019-04-11T12:26:17-07:00August 2nd, 2017|Medieval|

Who was Charlemagne? This is Charlemagne, or possibly his grandson (now in the Louvre Museum) What's Charlemagne's real name? Charlemagne's name is really Charles le Magne, or Charles the Great. In German they call him Karl der Grosse, which also means Charles the Great. Earlier Merovingians All our medieval Europe articles How did Charlemagne get [...]

Nicephorus and Leo – Byzantine history

By |2018-04-15T16:50:55-07:00August 2nd, 2017|History, Medieval|

Maybe the skull cup was something like this? Nicephorus deposed the Empress Irene in 802 AD and made himself emperor. He refused to pay tribute to the Islamic caliph, and therefore lost still more Roman territory to the Abbasids. On the other hand, he fought successfully for Greece against the Slavs and Bulgars, and negotiated with Charlemagne to recognize his claim to the [...]

Leo to Empress Irene – Byzantine History

By |2017-08-02T09:17:48-07:00August 2nd, 2017|History, Medieval|

Leo the Isaurian (ca. 720 AD, Louvre museum, Paris) When Justinian's assassin Philippicus turned out to be a worthless party animal, other Roman officials killed him. In 713 AD the people of Constantinople chose a court official named Anastasius II to be the next emperor. Anastasius (ann-ah-STAYS-yus) was a practical guy, with good ideas - but [...]