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The Mediterranean and West Asia

By |2018-04-25T23:50:37-07:00September 14th, 2017|West Asia|

Map of West Asia One common theme in the history of West Asia has been the conflict between land-oriented people and sea-oriented people. Often there is a group of people living in West Asia who are mostly land-oriented. These people don't sail boats much, or swim. They think of their kingdom as covering a certain piece of [...]

The Reconquista – Medieval Spain

By |2018-04-12T00:08:05-07:00August 3rd, 2017|History, Medieval|

Roland blows his horn for help and tries to break his sword on a rock (Chartres Cathedral) As soon as the Moors had conquered Spain in 711 AD, the descendants of the Visigoths and the Romans joined forces to try to get the Moors out of Spain again. These Spanish people gradually conquered more and more of Spain, beginning [...]

Constantine IV and Justinian II

By |2019-04-23T04:54:41-07:00August 2nd, 2017|History, Medieval|

Mu'awiya on a Sassanian-style coin When was Constantine IV? Constantine IV took over as Roman Emperor when his father Constans II died, in 668 AD. It wasn't a great time to be emperor. Constans II The Early Middle Ages All our medieval Europe articles Abbasids and Bulgars The Abbasids were gradually taking over most of the eastern Roman Empire. [...]

Constans II – Byzantine history

By |2017-08-01T17:45:13-07:00August 1st, 2017|History, Medieval|

Mu'awiya on a Sassanian-style coin When Heraclius died in 641 AD, his sons Heraclonas and Heraclius Constantine took over as Byzantine emperors, ruling together. They only lasted a few years. Heraclius Constantine died within the year. His son Constantine (usually called Constans II) succeeded him, even though he was only 11 years old. Soon afterwards [...]

Carcassonne – medieval castles

By |2019-02-28T11:02:05-07:00July 30th, 2017|Architecture, Medieval|

Carcassonne (1060s to 1240s AD) Where is Carcassonne? 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 [...]