The 8th Century in Europe: Upcoming Powers in the South, West and North and the Controversy about Iconoclasm
This article is Part 4 of our Centuries series. In it, we will begin with an overview of the dynamic events of the 8th century, before moving on to the internal and external crises facing the Byzantines, namely Iconoclasm and the seemingly invincible armies of Islam.
We will then examine the high-water mark of the Muslim conquests, and how this contributed to the rise of the Carolingian dynasty and lead to the coronation of the Emperor Charlemagne.
Finally, the Vikings emerge from the North and strike terror into hearts across Europe.