Early Middle Ages

Roughly spans the years: 500 AD—1000 AD; Essentially the fall of Rome that end ancient time southern Europe, and through the beginning of Capetian France and renewed Holy Roman Empire under Otto I, usually, also including the Norman Conquest

Empty fifteenth-century tomb of King Æthelstan at Malmesbury Abbey

Æthelstan's triumphs stand as a testament to his leadership and indomitable spirit. As the first King of England, he unified the Anglo-Saxon kingdoms.

Battle of Brunanburh

Brunanbruh, a legendary battle fought in the 10th century, that shaped the destiny of nations and left an indelible mark on Anglo-Saxon history.

Bulgarians defeat the Byzantines at Anchialos

The 10th century saw significant developments in Europe, Asia, and the Middle East., together with Viking raids, Byzantine splendor, and the rise of Islam.

The siege of Paris in 845

The Siege of Paris in 885AD by the Vikings was a pivotal moment in French history, marked by bloody battles and cunning tactics.

Effigy of Rollo of Normandy, Notre-Dame de Rouen

Rollo was a Viking warrior who became the first ruler of Normandy, France. He is known for his role in the Siege of Paris and the Norman Conquest of England.

The Battle of Ellandun (825), from 'Story of the British Nations' by Walter Hutchinson

The Battle of Ellendun or Battle of Wroughton was fought between Ecgberht of Wessex and Beornwulf of Mercia in September 825.

Excerpt from folio 48r of Harley MS 2278. The scene depicts brothers Hinguar and Hubba slaying Christians in the north of England.

A Look at the 9th Century AD reveals a time of great change and innovation in many parts of the world

Charlemagne at dinner

Charlemagne, known as the Father of Europe, united most of Western Europe and parts that had never been under Frankish or Roman rule.

Charles Martel in the Battle of Tours

Charles Martel was a legendary figure in medieval Europe. His legacy as a defender of the faith remains an enduring symbol of strength and courage.

Portraits - The Arnolfini Portrait

Portraits of the rich and powerful were created and commissioned by wealthy patrons as a means of visually representing their social standing and authority.

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