Dark times

The Dark Ages

  • 410

    Sack of Rome

    Sack of Rome
    The Visigoths, an East-German tribe, attacked Rome. For the first time in 800 years, Rome fell in the hands of an enemy. The Visigoths laid seige after seige that left Roman civilians starving and diseased.
  • Period: 410 to Dec 1, 1400

    The Dark ages

    'The Dark Ages' is a term used to describe a time in the Midlle ages of "intellectual darkness". The period was full of unfortunate events, and a few positive ones here and there, but not enough to shine the light.
  • 476

    Fall of Rome

    Fall of Rome
    Following Augustus Ceasar's death, the empire fell into crisis in the 3rd century. By 476 CE, what was left of Rome was no longer the great empire it once was.
  • 535

    Gothic War

    Gothic War
    Fought between the Ostrogothic Kingdom of Italy and the Eastern Roman Empire from 535- 554. The reason for the war traced back to Justinian in his attempts to reclaim the lost parts of the Roman empire , i.e the Western Roman Empire.
  • 541

    Plague of Justinian

    Plague of Justinian
    541-542 BCE. The Plague broke out in Constantinople possibly from gain boats coming from Egypt. The plague killed over 25 million people.
  • Dec 25, 800

    Charlemagne crowned Holy Roman Emperor

    Charlemagne crowned Holy Roman Emperor
    Charlemagne was also known as "Charles the Great". He ruled the Franks for 47 years. The last 15 of those years was spent as the Holy Roman Emperor. By converting to Christianity, Charlemagne brought together the Franks and the Papacy.
  • Oct 7, 812

    Charlemagne Political decision

  • Nov 18, 1095

    Council of Clermont

    Council of Clermont
    The Council of Clermont took place from November 18th, till the 28th. Called by Pope Urban II on behalf of Alexius, the Byzantinum Emperor, seeking his help to reclaim their lands from the Seljuk Turks.
  • Nov 27, 1096

    First Christian Crusade

    First Christian Crusade
    The first crusade was a series of expeditions launched by the European Christians. Motivated by the plan to reconquer Jerusalem from the Suljuks because it was the Holy Land.
  • Jan 1, 1145

    The Second Crusade

    The Second Crusade
    1145-1149. This began as a response to the fall of Edessa and was led by Pope Eugene III.
  • Jan 1, 1297

    King Louis IX

    King Louis IX
    King of France from 1226-1270. In 1297, Pope Boniface III coronated King Louis IX as a saint. He was the only French monarch to have this honour.