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Early middle ages- Historical Frame

In European history, the Middle Ages, or Medieval period, lasted from the 5th to the 15th century and it is subdivided into three periods. a) early middle ages, around 5th century -10th b) High middle ages, 1001-1300 c) late Middle Ages until the late 15th century. (conquest of Constantinople on 1453 and  discovery of the America on1492  signal  the beginning of  Renaissance). Some historians suggest that the end of middle ages came during the 16th century, so the Italian Renaissance is included in middle ages.

early middle ages-from first  1st  to 8th century
important events
-1st century AD. Christianity began to spread by Apostles. This new religion separated from Judaism quite early. There were many persecutions against Christians by Romans. Saint Peter( died c 64 AD) and Saint Paul (c  5- c 67 AD) were tortured in Rome.  According to many researchers, the huge popularity of the new religion is due to S. Paul.  
- 2nd century (150 AD).  Church  Fathers began to produce theological writings trying to defend their faith. Their work was called "Patrology".
-  3rd century. The persecution of Christians continued. Decius (249-251) and Diocletian (284-305) were  fanatical persecutors .
-4th century. Armenia became the first branch of Christianity to become a state religion in 301. In Europe, persecution stopped by Constantine the Great in 313. There were civil wars (Constantine and Licinius against Maximinus) and a series of invasions against the Roman  empire by Alemanes, Visigoths, Sarmatians, Vandals. During 313 Constantine transferred the main capital from Rome to Byzantium, which was named Constantinople in his honor (Constantinople= City of Constantine. Today, Constantinople it is known as "Istanbul" and it belongs to Turkey.) This is the beginning  of the Byzantine Empire. Constantine  legalized Christianity through the Edict of Milan, so freedom of religion was established throughout  the empire. Later  in the fourth century, Theodosius the Great (347-395 AD) was the last emperor of the single Roman Empire (later  distinguished in Eastern  Empire and Western Empire).  He imposed the Christian religion and a fierce persecution of the idolaters  took place.
-In the 5th century the  fall of the Roman Empire came and the political role of the pope was highlighted, as Pope Leo I (the Great) negotiated with Huns and Vandals, who had come to occupy Rome.  Pope Leo  asked from them not to destroy the ancient city of Rome and not to  kill the  inhabitants. Missions started  and  Catholicism spread to Germanic tribes. Celts Hungarians and Baltic tribes embraced the Catholic doctrine.
-In the 6th century, the Order of Saint  Benedict  was founded and  the rules of western monasticism were laid down. Pope Gregory the Great sent missionaries to England and Germany to teach the rules of the order. Many historians suggest that this is how Gregorian chant was spread.
-In the 7th century the Muslims conquered Syria, North Africa and Spain. In the 8th century the papacy had obtained more power. Charles the Great (Charlemagne) laid the foundations of the later Holy Roman Empire. The rise and flourishing of feudalism is observed between the 9th and 15th century.

                                                         Diocletian

                                                     Constantine

                                                Pepin the Hunchback

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