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Chapter 10, Lesson 1, Europe After the Roman Empire (pp. 256-261)

I. Rise of the Germanic Kingdoms

II. Charlemagne's Empire

    A. In 768, Charlemagne, a Frankish king supported by the Roman Catholic Church, began 48 years of empire-conquering.

    B. While most of Europe's libraries had been destroyed, Charlemagne promoted scholarship and learning throughout his empire.

    C. After Charlemagne's death, his empire divided and eventually disintegrated into small areas ruled by local landowners.

III. Medieval England

    A. During the 800s, Viking attacks on England were countered by Anglo-Saxon kings.

    B. In a fight over the sucession, the Norman king William the Conqueror invaded England and took the English throne in 1066.

    C. Under the Normans, a social and political system called feudalism eventually grew.

    D. With feudalism, classes of people were ordered by rank and authority, exchanging services for protection.

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