The Early Middle Ages (Part 2) - Lesson #4 of Introduction to Medieval History | Online Course

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In this video, we will explore how the rival empires of the Frankish civilization, the Byzantines and the Islamic caliphates grow in power and influence, and come into conflict with one another as they take very different paths. In Francia, the Merovingian dynasty was overthrown by the Carolingians which culminated with a renaissance under the rule of Charlemagne the Great. In the east, the Byzantine Empire entered into a religious reformation which threatened the unity of Christianity. Under the emperor Leo III, the Iconoclastic movement would prohibit Christian religious images within the empire creating the first real divisions in Christianity between East and West. In the Islamic world, the Umayyad dynasty will be overthrown by Abbasids.

The textbook for the course is Barbara Rosenwein's A Short History of the Middle Ages:
US Amazon Link: https://amzn.to/3qIizf2
Canadian Amazon Link: https://amzn.to/3xtQjk6
It's a great introduction to the Middle Ages and very easy to read with lots of great maps, pictures and primary sources.

For those who are interested (I am often asked by teachers), the microphone that I use to record my videos is the Blue Yeti USB microphone.
It's on the pricier side but a great investment. If you are serious about having great sound for your lectures, it is worth every penny.

1:15 Learning Objectives
1:35 The Islamic Invasion of the Iberian Peninsula
3:15 The downfall of the Merovingians
4:45 Charles Martel and the Battle of Tours/Poitier
6:40 Rise of Charlemagne and the Carolingians
8:52 The Carolingians and the Papacy
10:07 Changes to the Christian Church (c.330 - 800 CE)
12:14 Rise of the Papacy
13:16 The Veneration of Christian Saints
14:12 Byzantine Iconoclasm
16:26 The Divisions of Islam into Shia and Sunni branches
17:48 The Abbasid Revolution

In this online degree breadth course, Students survey the breadth of medieval history in Europe, North Africa, Anatolia and the Middle East spanning the late Roman period to the sixteenth century. Through integrated reading assignments, podcasts, videos and other media, students explore the major economic, political, social and religious developments that account for the shape of medieval civilization and its influence on subsequent centuries.

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