Middle Ages Reference Library Vol 1 Almanac by Judson Knight; Judy Galens

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The HsiungNu began moving westward, leaving a trail of death and destruction as they went. D. 300s gave them a new name: Huns. For more than a century, the very word “Hun” was a synonym for terror. Meanwhile, a number of other tribal groups emerged in Europe. There were the Gauls, or Celts (KELTZ), who lived in what is now France and the British Isles. Farther east and north were other groups, so many that the Romans had long before given up trying to distinguish between them. They all seemed to have blond hair and blue eyes; therefore the Romans called them by a word that, in the Latin language, meant “related”: Germanus.

Roman Emperors: De Imperatoribus Romanis: An Online Encyclopedia of Roman Emperors. salve. htm (last accessed July 28, 2000). Roman Sites—Gateway to 1,849 Websites on Ancient Rome. html (last accessed July 28, 2000). Rome Resources. org/groups/rome/ (last accessed July 28, 2000). The Merovingian Age 3 W estern Europe includes what is now Germany and Italy, the countries between them such as Switzerland and Austria, and lands to the west, including France, Britain, and Spain. At the beginning of medieval times, however, few of these nations existed; only during the course of the Early Middle Ages (c.

Up to 14 Middle Ages: Almanac Because the Visigoths were relatively peaceful and civilized—though that would change in time—the Romans’ treatment of them was particularly cruel. This says a great deal about the moral character of the Romans; so too does the fact that the Visigoths were able to bribe Roman officials into letting them keep their weapons. In the end, the Visigoths revolted, and began overrunning the region, burning and looting as they went. In 378, Valens lost his life in a battle with the Visigoths, a battle that according to one historian was the worst Roman defeat in nearly six hundred years.

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