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Beginning of the Middle Ages

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In "The Beginning of the Middle Ages" by Richard William Church, the author provides a comprehensive overview of the early medieval period in Europe. Church explores the transition from the Roman Empire to the Middle Ages, examining the social, political, and cultural changes that occurred during this turbulent time.

One of the strengths of this book is Church's clear and engaging writing style, which makes complex historical concepts accessible to readers of all levels. He expertly weaves together primary sources and scholarly research to paint a vivid picture of life in the Middle Ages.

Church also does an excellent job of highlighting the key events and figures that shaped this period, from the rise of Christianity to the reign of Charlemagne. His analysis of the role of the church in medieval society is particularly insightful, shedding light on the influence of religion on politics and culture.

Overall, "The Beginning of the Middle Ages" is a valuable resource for anyone interested in learning more about this pivotal period in European history. Church's thorough research and engaging narrative make this book a must-read for students, scholars, and history enthusiasts alike.

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In 395 A.D. Theodosius, the last ruler of the undivided Roman Empire died. To his young and incompetent son, Honorius, he left the government of its western half. Honorius depended upon the great general, Stilicho, to withstand the Visigoths under Alaric. But when he fecklessly abandoned his general to execution by palace intriguers, Alaric conquered and sacked Rome . Thus opened the era of chaotic leadership, social disintegration, and barbarian conquest, which used to be called the Dark Ages. The Franks emerged and helped to found the temporal power of the Papacy. Charlemagne consolidated a wide realm and revived learning. But his last years were overshadowed by the first incursions of the terrible Vikings, who in their shallow-draft vessels penetrated the Seine and the Loire into the heart of Gaul and, landing on the British coasts, conquered half of England. - Summary by Pamela Nagami, M.D.

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