The 7th Century in Europe: Refined Art from Secluded Scriptoria in Times of Religious and Political Power Struggles
This article is Part 3 of our Centuries series. In it, we will begin with the wars between the Byzantines and Persians, examine Byzantine medical knowledge and Greek Fire, and the rising tide of Islam.
We will then turn our attention westward, focusing on the fracturing of political entities across the West during the ongoing Völkerwanderung or migration of Germanic peoples. Finally, the emergence of Insular illumination in the British Isles, in which they would reach their first cultural highpoint.