Balearic Isles fall to Islam.
The Abbasids take Jerusalem.
The termination of the Carolingian line of emperors; the imperial throne of the West is left
Magyars destroy the kingdom of Moravia and begin annual raids into western Europe.
The Arab Fatimid Dynasty, descended from the Prophet Muhammad’s Daughter Fatima
(pbuh) is established in North Africa.
Shi’a Fatamid caliphate seizes Tunisia; two rival dynasties now claim caliph status.
The monastery of Cluny is founded by Duke William the Pious of Aquitaine. From there,
religious reform promoting papal control and against secular involvement spreads throughout
the Western Church.
Charles the Simple grants the area surrounding Rouen to the Viking leader Rollo:
beginnings of the duchy of Normandy.
The Viking Rollo, agreeing to convert to Christianity, is granted the overlordship of what will
become Normandy, in peace talks with French King Charles the Third (the Simple) .
Death of Ishaq Ibn Hunayn, translator of Aristotle, Euclid and Ptolemy into Arabic.
Arab raiders ousted from mouth of River Garigliano in Italy.
The first hospitals for the mentally ill are established in Baghdad and Cairo.
Henry, Duke of Saxony, is elected King of East Francia and is placed on the throne
supported by the Franks and Saxons. His efforts against his own dukes and the Magyars form
the basis of the German Empire under his son Otto.
Byzantine ruler Romanos Lecapenus fends off attacks from the Bulgars, the Russians and
Ibn Fadlan, the ambassador of the caliph of Baghdad, witnesses and describes a Viking
funeral on the banks of the Volga River in Russia.
Robert of Nuestria rebels against Charles the Simple and wins the French crown.
On Robert of Nuestria’s death Duke Raoul of Burgundy becomes king.
Athelstan of Wessex becomes the first king of the English when he takes Northumbria
under his wing.
Ruler of Al-Andulus assumes title of caliph; now three rival dynasties in the Islamic world.
Charles the Simple dies in captivity in the prison of Herbert the Second of Vermandois.
The world’s oldest functioning parliament, Iceland’s Athling, was founded by Vikings.
Henry the First of Germany defeats the Magyars at Riade.
Genoa is sacked by an Islamic fleet.
A Turkish governor establishes a second dynasty in Egypt, the Ikhshid.
Otto, King of East Francia succeeds his father, Henry, as King of East Francia ruling the
Saxon lands in Germany.
King Athelstan of the English defeats Scottish and Norse forces at the battle of
Otto, King of East Francia, crushes a revolt led by his brother at the battle of Andernach.
Robert of Neustria’s son, Hugh the Great, and son-in-law, Herbert the Second of
Vermandois, rebel against Louis the Fourth of France.
The Ikhshidid take Jerusalem.
Malcolm becomes king of the Scots.
Igor, ruler of Kiev makes a treaty with Byzantium, leading to Christian influence in Kiev.
The Shiite Buwayhid Dynasty founded by Ahmad, ‘Mi’izz ad-Dawlah, rules from Baghdad,
transforming the Sunni caliphs into figureheads.
Otto the First of Germany founds missionary bishoprics at Brandenburg, Havelburg, Ribe,
Aarhus, and Schleswig.
Bishop Aelfeg installs a pipe organ in the cathedral at Winchester. The mammoth organ
had four hundred pipes and it took seventy men to operate the twenty six bellows.
The first motte and bailey ‘castles’ are built between the Loire and the Rhine. The castles
are no more than fortified mounds with log palisades.
Upon the death of Erik Bloodaxe, king of Northumbria, all English kingdoms are united
under the Saxons.
Otto the First, King of East Francia, defeats the Magyars (Huns) at the battle of Lechfeld
ending their raids.
Archbishop of Canterbury who transformed Glastonbury into a centre of religious learning
and an important force for the re-establishment of monasticism in England.
Byzantine Emperor and army general Nicephorus Phocas regains Crete, Aleppo, Cyprus
and Cilesia for the Byzantine Empire from Arab control.
Otto the First is crowned Holy Roman Emperor by Pope John the Twelfth.
German Emperor Otto the First defeats Duke Mieszko of Poland and obliges him to pay
Foundation of the Great Lavra monastery on Mount Athos by St Athanasius.
Harald, king of Denmark, is baptized into Christianity, the first Viking ruler to do so. It is
rumored that it is part of a peace treaty after Harald’s defeat by Otto, the king of Germany.
The Volga Bulghars gain independence from the Khazars and ally with the Abbasids.
Arab conquest of Sicily from Byzantines
The baptism of Mieszko, Duke of the Poles.
The Fatimid Dynasty is established in Egypt, and Islamic power stretches across North
When Emperor Otto sent troops against the Saracens of Calabria a solar eclipse paralyzed
the army fearing the apocalyptic End of Days in the approaching millennium.
Emperor Otto founds the archbishopric of Magdeburg. The first Polish bishopric is
established at Poznan.
General Jahwar takes Egypt from the Ikhshidids on behalf of the Shi’a Fatamid caliph and
builds a new capital - Cairo.
The Fatamids take Jerusalem under general Jawhae al-Siqilli.
Byzantine Emperor Nicephorus conquers Antioch.
The assassination of Nicephorus Phocas and his replacement as emperor by John
Formation of al-Azhar in Cairo, considered the oldest university still in existence.
The Fatamids take Palestine and Syria from the Abbasids.
The arrival of Theophanu, John Tzimiskes’s niece, in Rome.
A council is held at Aurillac, designed to promote the Peace of God.
Saracen pirates dislodged from La Garde-Freinet.
English Monarch. King Edgar is consecrated at Bath in the first use of the coronation
ceremony. Establishes a single currency.
The Council of Winchester issues the Regularis Concordia, a document establishing the
monastic reform movement in England driven by Archbishop Dunstan of Canterbury,
Athelwold, Oswald and King Edgar.
Death of King Otto. He is succeeded by his son Otto the Second.
Death of Edgar. His son Edward takes the throne.
The Fatamids drive Carmathian Muslims from Egypt, Palestine and Syria.
Geza, ruler of the Magyars leads his people into mass conversions to the Western Church.
976 to 1025 - Emperor Basil the Second
Byzantine Emperor Basil the second, the Bulgar Slayer, conquers the Bulgars and annexes
their territory. He sees the height of Byzantine power with influence in Russia, over the
Fatimids in Syria and the Bulgarians.
Murder of King Edward the Martyr at Corfe. Succeeded by his half-brother Ethelred.
Lothar the Fifth of France and Otto the Second of Germany lead campaigns against each
The rule of Vladimir the Great.
Seljuk Turks begin infiltration of the eastern Islamic territories.
Ibn Sina, (980 - 1037) Persian philosopher and medical doctor is born.
The Viking Erik the Red founds a colony in Greenland.
Otto the Second retreats to Rome after defeat at the Battle of Cotrone in southern Italy by
982 - King Otto the Third of Germany
Otto the Second dies in Rome. His infant son, Otto the Third, is crowned king.
The Slavs revolt against German rule and recover most of their territories to the east of the
Precursor of the ribbed vaulted ceilings of the great cathedrals of Chartres and Lincoln.
Antioch falls to Turks by treachery.
The greatest Moslem palace in Al Andulay
Death of Louis the Fifth, last Carolingian king of France, and accession of King Robert’s
grandson, Hugh Capet. The Capetian Dynasty is established.
Fulk Nerra becomes Count of Anjou.
Sweyn Forkbeard deposes his father, Harald Bluetooth, to become King of Denmark.
Prince Vladimir of Kiev converts to Christianity and fosters Byzantine learning in Russia.
Charles of Lorraine contests Hugh’s succession and seizes Laon, then Rheims. In 991
Charles is betrayed and dies in captivity in 992.
Grand Prince of Kiev, Vladimir, marries Anna, sister of Byzantine emperor Basil and is
converted to Christianity. He forces all his people to convert to Christianity, leading them in a
mass baptism in the Dnieper River.
The Eastern Church spreads to Russia.
Truce of God first proclaimed, at Charroux.
990 - Italian Merchants in Egypt
First record of Italian merchants in Egypt.
The Battle of Maldon. Fire in Rome almost destroys St Peter’s basilica.
992 - The Republic of Venice
The Republic of Venice secures trading rights at Constantinople, beginning its rise to
dominance of trade between Europe, Asia Minor and Egypt.
Death of Adso of Montier- en-Der while on pilgrimage to Jerusalem.
Odilo becomes Abbot of Cluny. The relics of St Martial are displayed on a hill above
Limoges in a successful attempt to arrest a pestilence.
Robert the Second ‘the Pious’ becomes King of France.
Otto the Third appoints his cousin as the first German pope, and is crowned as emperor.
Al-Hakim becomes the Fatimid Caliph of Egypt ruling over Jerusalem.
Islamic army commanded by al-Mansur, the effective ruler of al-Andalus sacks Santiago.
Martyrdom of Polish saint Adalbert in Pomerania.
The suppression of a peasant insurrection in Normandy.
Otto the Third suppresses an insurrection in Rome.
Ghaznavid territory expands into Afghanistan and Persia.
Otto the Third appoints Gerbert of Aurillac as Pope Sylvester the Second.
Meteor appears in the skies above England casting a brilliant light turning night into day
The Vikings continue to explore and colonize ruling Normandy and parts of Britain.
The Byzantine Empire expands under Emperor Basil the second.
Venetians merchants are granted trading privileges in Constantinople.
Cairo becomes the Fatimid capital of Egypt.
A caliphate is established in Cordoba, Spain.
Following the collapse of the Carolingian Empire, the German Ottonian Empire grows in
power and size
The Anglo-Saxon kingdoms become united as England under the West Saxon Dynasty.
The estimated population of Europe reaches 36 million.
The feudal system becomes established throughout most of Europe, including more parts
of the Byzantine Empire.
Germans begin their Drang nach Osten (drive to the East) in Central Europe. The system
involved the granting by kings or princes of parcels of land (fiefs) to nobles and knights, in
return for their loyalty; and the farming of those lands by tenants and/or serfs, in return for
Leif Eriksson, Erik the Red’s son, reaches Vinland (Newfoundland, Canada).
King Olaf introduces Christianity to Sweden.
Death of Olaf Trygvasson following his defeat by Sweyn Forkbeard.
The conversion of Iceland to Christianity.
Otto the Third visits the shrine of St Adalbert in Poland and the tomb of Charlemagne in
Al-Mansur is virtual dictator of al-Andulas. The caliph of Cordoba becomes a puppet ruler.