World Eras: Volume 2 Rise and Spread of Islam 622-1500 by Susan Douglass

By Susan Douglass

A part of a sequence aiming to assist scholars and researchers comprehend key sessions in international heritage, this quantity examines the increase and unfold of Islam.

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78O Ten-year-old Constantine VI inherits the Byzantine throne* His mother, Empress Irene, becomes his regent. 781 Charlemagne gives the throne of Italy to his son Pepin and makes his son Louis I (the Pious) king of Aquitaine. Byzantine forces suffer a major loss to Muslim troops in Asia Minor. 784 Hoping to lessen the influence of the powerful monasteries of Nara, Emperor Kammu, who ascended the Japanese throne in 781, moves his capital to Nagaoka. 787 The first recorded incursion of Danes takes place in England, beginning a long series of European raids by Danes, Norsemen, and Swedes, known collectively as Vikings.

1O41-1O42 On the death of Michael IV (the Paphlagonian) Empress Zoe elevates her favorite Michael V (Kalaphates), who attempts to make himself sole emperor by exiling Zoe to a convent. Members of the nobility depose Michael, blind him, and imprison him, placing Zoe and her sister Theodora on the throne as co-empresses. 1O42 Edward the Confessor, son of Aethelred the Unready, takes the throne of England on the death of his half brother Hardecanute; Edward rules England until 1066. Byzantine empress Zoe marries Constantine IX (Monomachus), elevating him to emperor and relegating Theodora to the background.

7O5 Aided by the Bulgars, Justinian II reclaims the throne of the Byzantine Empire. Leading Chinese officials seize the palace of Empress Wu and force her to abdicate in favor of her son Emperor Chung-tsung, whose wife, Empress Wei, attempts to wield power by openly selling offices and influence at court. 71O After the death of Witiza, Roderick, Duke of Baetica, claims the throne of Spain. Emperor Chung-tsung of China dies, probably poisoned by his wife, Empress Wei, who tries to claim the throne for herself; but Wu's daughter T'ai-p'ing helps Prince Li Lungchi, a son of former emperor Jui-tsung, Chung-tsung's brother, to restore Jui-tsung to the throne.

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