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By Henri Pirenne

A very good Belgian historian recounts the commercial and social evolution of Western Europe from the top of the Roman Empire to the mid-fifteenth century. Translated by means of I. E. Clegg.

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The Veneti resisted Roman conquest, but after a defeat in 56 B . C . they reached a truce with the Romans. As the empire weakened with the migrations of the fourth century, a wave of Celtic Britons migrated to Armorica from the British Isles and in Armorica recognized Conan Meriadog as their first ruler. The “Bretons,” as they came to be known, established a patchwork of small kingdoms in Armorica: León, Domnonia, Cornouaille, Poher, and Bro Erech, all of which developed from Conan Meriadog’s kingdom of Vannetais.

He made important contributions to astronomy and physics, being the first to assert that the speed of light must be finite. In 1022, during a time of political turmoil, Avicenna moved to Isfahan, where he completed major works on medicine, the Arabic language, and philosophy. See also Averroës. Avignon papacy The fourteenth- and early fifteenth-century sojourn of the popes at Avignon, a city in what is now southern France, is known as the Avignon papacy. This period began with the death of Benedict XI in 1304.

In France, Arthur’s palace of Camelot, the knights of the Round Table, and Queen Guinevere became favorite subjects of troubadours and storytellers. The poet Marie de France wrote lays, or songs, a few of which mention Arthur, his queen, and his palace. On the continent, the new Image not available for copyright reasons ASKOLD AND DIR style and manner of courtly romance was applied to the life and deeds of a longdead military hero. A French author, Chrétien de Troyes, wrote at least five long Arthurian romances during the late twelfth century, including the story of Lancelot and the quest for the Holy Grail undertaken by Arthur’s knight Perceval.

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