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

Byzantine's Transformation - Detail from the fresco cycle of the "Legend of the Holy Cross" in the choir of the Basilica of San Francesco in Arezzo.

Byzantine's Transformation in the Seventh Century marked a pivotal moment in its history as the empire underwent significant changes and expansion.

Pages from a Qur'an in Hijazi

Islam's emergence in the 7th century AD brought about significant changes in the political, economic and social landscape of the time.

Life and legacy: The Virgin and Child with Scenes from the Lives of the Saints

Life and legacy: Saint Benedict of Nursia is widely considered the father of Western monasticism, and his rules are still used today by Benedictine Monks.

The Iron Crown of the Lombards

The Lombards or Langobards (Latin: Langobardi) were a Germanic people who ruled most of the Italian Peninsula from 568 to 774

Battle between Clovis and the Visigoths

Clovis I: The First King of the Franks and Founder of the Merovingian Dynasty - A Look into His Life and Reign

Emperor Iustinianus and his suite, Basilique San Vitale, Ravenna, Emilia-Romagna, Italia

Justinian the Great was born around 482 CE in Tauresium, a village in Illyria, and ruled the Byzantine Empire from 527 to 565 CE.

Theodoric's Palace - Sant'Apollinare Nuovo - Ravenna

Theodoric the Great was the king of the Ostrogoths who invaded Italy and deposed King Odoacer. He ruled over a kingdom of Romans and Goths from 493 - 526 CE.

Emperor Iustinianus and his suite, Basilique San Vitale, Ravenna, Emilia-Romagna, Italia

The timeline of the 6th century marks a shift in Europe's landscape, as it experienced the decline of classical age and the beginning of early middle ages

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