The final book of Charles Oman’s masterpiece “The Dark Ages”. Cleaned up and reformatted for the Kindle and Kindle for iOS app, Book III illustrates the rise of Charlemagne and the ultimate decline of Europe. The Empire that Charles the Great struggled to create out of the ashes of the Roman Empire fragments under the civil wars of his sons and grandsons. And during the internal strife of the Carolingians, the Saracens and Vikings begin to ravage Europe, followed by an even more fearsome menace: the Magyars.
We also bear witness to the further decline of the Eastern Roman Empire and the schism between Orthodox and Catholic churches.
THE ICONOCLAST EMPERORS – STATE OF THE EASTERN EMPIRE IN THE EIGHTH CENTURY 717-802
PEPIN THE SHORT – WARS OF THE FRANKS AND LOMBARDS 747-768
CHARLES THE GREAT – EARLY YEARS 768-785 – CONQUEST OF LOMBARDY AND SAXONY
THE LATER WARS AND CONQUESTS OF CHARLES THE GREAT 785-814
CHARLES THE GREAT AND THE EMPIRE
LOUIS THE PIOUS 814-840
DISRUPTION OF THE FRANKISH EMPIRE – THE COMING OF THE VIKINGS 840-855
THE DARKEST HOUR – 855-887
ITALY AND SICILY IN THE NINTH CENTURY 827-924
THE EASTERN EMPIRE IN THE NINTH CENTURY 802-912
THE END OF THE NINTH CENTURY IN WESTERN EUROPE