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1000 to 1300 AD – The High Middle Ages

1054 Eastern Orthodox Church schism

The look-back term Middle Ages (Latin medium aevum) or medieval period came into favor in modern times in describing the history of the European world bracketed between the fall of the Roman Empire and the flowering of the Renaissance. The world of antiquity preceded and overlapped the beginning of the period, and as the Renaissance took hold in Italy and spread over the continent the modern world overlapped the end. The transitional 1,000 years in between constitute the Middle Ages. Historians like to further divide the Middle Ages into three periods: Early, High, and Late.

1096 Start of Crusades

In a compelling narrative well worth the read entitled How the Irish Saved Civilization, Thomas Cahill tells the story of how Europe evolved from the classical age of Rome to the medieval era. Without the thorough conversion of Ireland to the Christian faith and the subsequent growth of Irish spiritual scholarship and stewardship of the faith, the transition could not have taken place.

Not only did Irish monks and scribes maintain the very record of Western civilization – copying manuscripts of Greek and Latin writers, both pagan and Christian, while libraries and learning on the continent were forever lost – they brought their uniquely Irish world-view to the task.

1215 Magna Carta signed in England

In a compelling narrative well worth the read entitled How the Irish Saved Civilization, Thomas Cahill tells the story of how Europe evolved from the classical age of Rome to the medieval era. Without the thorough conversion of Ireland to the Christian faith and the subsequent growth of Irish spiritual scholarship and stewardship of the faith, the transition could not have taken place.

Not only did Irish monks and scribes maintain the very record of Western civilization – copying manuscripts of Greek and Latin writers, both pagan and Christian, while libraries and learning on the continent were forever lost – they brought their uniquely Irish world-view to the task.

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