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Old January 13th, 2009, 11:51 AM   #1
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1000 years ago

What happened a thousand years ago that brought cultural change to that era?
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Old January 13th, 2009, 12:47 PM   #2
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Re: 1000 years ago

The crusades. The Europeans gained Greek and Latin medical and scientific texts from the Muslims as well as advanced technology like the windmill, water wheel, Damascus steel and Arabic numerals.
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Old January 13th, 2009, 03:38 PM   #3

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That would have been 1008. And a very peaceful year it was for Ethelred II since he had paid the Danes a year earlier 30,000 pounds to gain two years of freedom from attacks. Rumor is that the Danes used the money for a two year drunk after which all hell broke lose. At least it gave Berno, Abbot of Reichenau (died1048) the peace and quiet he needed that year to write his books on musical theory. Other than that not much went on except for the usual whining and complaining. Oh yeah...there was a whole bunch of fornicating also. There's not much else to do if you are not out in the fields picking berries, your nose or fights.
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Old January 13th, 2009, 04:34 PM   #4

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What makes you think it was 'cultural change' rather than 'cultural evolution'. I know that there is now (officially) and renaissance of the ninth-century (the Carolingian), and I know there was a pretty significant renaissance in the twelfth-century. I'm also pretty sure that there's been another slotted in in-between those two. You might want to try doing a google search for 'eleventh-century renaissance'.

Here's a good place to start:


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Old January 19th, 2009, 05:31 PM   #5

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It's still another 55 years until 1066, and the William the Conqueror pretty fundamentally changing the culture of England.

Still another 86 years until the First Crusade.

The Vikings are busy around this time. Lief Eriksson lands in America. Vikings fighting the Byzantines in Italy.

And the church split into East and West.... Roman Catholicism and Eastern Orthodox.
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A stream of new dynasties and kingdoms that would shape Europe came direct out of that century. With that century came the Capets, the conquering of England , the successful survival of Leon and Castille... So the monarchies that were going to become part of the centralization of power came from this century.
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Old March 12th, 2009, 08:40 PM   #7

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Well, Brian Boru was the head over a unified Ireland. That was something. The Vikings were thinking some about America, though we are not sure exactly they first started thinking about it.
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Old March 13th, 2009, 12:58 AM   #8

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People realised that the world hadn't ended in 1000 - which they apparently were expecting.

So, they were enjoying 8 more years - if they were still around in Jan 1009.
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