The gradual decline of the Roman Empire ushered in an era of European history called the Middle Ages, or the medieval period. It spanned the years about 500 to 1500. During these centuries, a new society slowly emerged. It had roots in: (1) the classical heritage of Rome, (2) the beliefs of the roman Catholic Church, and )3) the customs of various Germanic tribes.
1. Introductory Video
2. Four Outcomes of the fall of Rome and Christianity Rises to Power
a. In the 5th century, Germanic tribes overran the western half of the Roman empire. The
repeated invasions led to constant warfare which caused changes in the economy,
government, and culture.
b. The only thing to survive the Germanic tribes was Christianity. The church soon provided
order and security to those seeking help.
1. Explain new ideas of Government
2. Trace the spread of Christianity among Germanic peoples
3. Identify Charles Martel's successes
4. Describe Charlemagne's empire