The Ridda Wars of 632 through 633 A.D. were a series of campaigns during which the first elected Islamic Caliph, Abu Bakr, defeated rebellious Arab tribes just after Mohammed's death. "Ridda" translates roughly to "apostasy."Know More
The large Islamic empire Mohammed had built began to break apart when he died. Several groups rose up to back self-declared caliphs, or leaders of the Islamic faith. In a series of campaigns, Abu Bakr sent his general Usama ibn Zaid to recapture the rebels either through defeating them in battle or by negotiating with them. In the 27 months of his rule before he died of fever, Abu Bakr had reconquered Arabia and Persia and added Syria to the Caliphate.
The echoes of the Ridda Wars continue in modern times in the strife between Sunni and Shi'a Muslims. The Shi'a are the ideological descendants of the rebels.Learn more about Middle Ages
Joan of Arc was burned to death on a stake in the Place du Vieux-Marche in Rouen, France. It is in the historic capital city of Normandy, and was one of the largest and most prosperous cities of medieval Europe.Full Answer >
Charlemagne achieved fame for consolidating the Frankish kingdom and then conquering Saxony in a bloody series of 18 battles, but after his death, his Holy Roman Empire passed to his son Louis the Pious. After Louis' passing, the empire split among Louis' three sons Charles the Bald, Louis the German and Lothair, which was the beginning of the growth of smaller nations in medieval Europe.Full Answer >
Also referred to as "Karl" and "Charles the Great," Charlemagne ruled Western Europe from 768 to 814 A.D. After the death of his father Pepin the Short, the Frankish kingdom was divided between his sons. Charlemagne ruled with his younger brother Carloman, who later died in 771, leaving the sole rule to Charlemagne.Full Answer >
According to History News Network, the accepted date for the start of the Dark Ages is approximately 476 A.D., and the date is chosen for its connection to the death of the Roman emperor Romulus Augustulus. The term "Dark Ages" comes from a belief that the following time period lacked intellectual and societal progress.Full Answer >