Early Middle Ages Notes page

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The Middle Ages/Medieval Era

I. The Christian Church

A. History within the Roman Empire
1. Constantine
B. Survives fall of Rome
C. burdens of responsibility
1. no central power ("feudalism")
2. "bread & circuses"
3. St. Ambrose of Milan
D. political and economic power
E. continuing ties to Rome
1. St. Peter / Petrine Theory
a. split in the church
2. The Vatican

F. Survival and spread
1. Charles Martel
a. Battle of Tours (732 AD)
2. Pepin the Short
a. conference with Pope
b. "Donation of Pepin" / The Papal States
3. Charlemagne
a. conversion by the sword
b. "Holy Roman Emperor" (800AD)
c. Intellectual Revival
4. Feuds with rivals
a. Judaism (Black Plague blame, Inquisition)
b. Islam (control of land and message)

II. Rise of Islam (630-730 AD)
A. Mohammed
1. caliphs
B. Tenets / practices
1. 5 pillars of Islam
C. Crusades (1100-1300 AD)

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