The Middle Ages

  • 476

    Start of the Dark Ages

    Romulus Augustus, the last emperor of the Western Roman Empire, is removed from office. This event signifies the fall of Rome, and the beginning of the Middle Ages.
  • 500

    King Clovis

    Clovis, the King of the Franks, takes control over French and Belgium territories and converts himself and his new territories to Christianity.
  • 527

    Justinian I becomes emperor

    On this date, Justinian I, becomes the emperor of the Eastern Roman Empire
  • 529

    Justinian's Code of Law

    This is the year that Justinian's Code of Law is created. This written code of laws resembles the modern-day Bill of Rights.
  • 541

    The plague at Constantinople

    From the years 541 to 543, the Bubonic Plague infects the city of Constantinople.
  • Oct 10, 732

    Battle of Tours

    This date marks the end of the battle, where the army of Charles Martel, a.k.a. Charles the Hammer, comes out victorious, after stopping the Muslim armies from completely invading Western Europe.
  • Jan 1, 742

    The reign of Charlemagne

    From the years 742 to 814, Charlemagne (French for Charles the Great) ruled the Frankish Empire, and created the Carolingian Empire.
  • Aug 1, 843

    Treaty of Verdun

    This is the treaty that ended the Carolingian Civil War.
  • Oct 14, 1066

    The Battle of Hastings

    During this battle, the Norman army went on a conquest, and successfully captured England from the English. This event happened near Hastings, England. This battle changed English history.
  • Jan 1, 1096

    First Crusade

    This was an expedition that lasted from the years 1096-1099. In this event, European Christians raided the Islamic Empire in order to reclaim Jerusalem, their Holy Land.