Emperor Romulus Augustus is dethroned by barbarians. This is the fall of Rome.
Clovis becomes king of the Franks
15 yr. old Clovis led the Franks in battle for 30 yrs. that expanded the boundaries of the Frankish kingdom into most of present day France and Germany. He also led the Franks into Christianity.
Victory against the Muslims
Martel's victory meant that northern Europe remained firmly Christian
Pepin, Martel's son becomes king
Pepin was the first king to rule with the blessings of the church. His son Charles or Charlemagne would also rule with the church's support
768 - 816
Charlemagne ruled for 48 yrs. fighting the Lombards, Saxons, and the Avars and Slavs. He made his defeated opponents accept the Roman church and swear loyalty to him as their new ruler.
Charlemagne crowned emperor
December 25, 800
As emperor, Charlemagne, dedicated himself to strengthening the church and bringing education to his empire.
Died at the age of 72
Control of the Empire
Lothair, Charles, and Louis fought over control of the empire even before their father, Louis the Pious's death. For a while the empire was divided between them. Their empires came apart as landowners became more independent.
Unification of smaller Anglo-Saxon states
King Alfred the Great of England constructs a system of government and education which allows for the unification of smaller Anglo-Saxon states in the ninth and tenth centuries.
Alfred, Anglo-Saxon king, dies
King William the Conqueror takes control of England
Once in control he divides the land among his followers using the feudalism system.