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The Early Church

Beyond the Roman Empire

World Christianity

 

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The Church in Germanic Europe

400-present

Missions Among the Germanic Peoples: 450-975

  • c. 450: St. Patrick missionary journey to Ireland.
  • 496: Clovis, king of the Franks, converts to Catholic Christianity.
  • 529: St. Benedict establishes the Benedictine rule for the monastery at Monte Cassino
  • 565-750: Christianization of Britain
  • c. 587: The Visigoths convert to Catholic Christianity.
  • 590-604: Pope Gregory the Great
  • c. 722-754: St. Boniface's missionary work in eastern Germany.
  • 768-814: Reign of Charlemagne

Germanic and Greco-Roman Christianity: 1000-1400

  • 1075-1122: The Investiture Controversy
  • 1095-1291: The Crusading Era
  • 1181 or 1182-1226: Saint Francis of Assisi
  • 1225-1274: St. Thomas Aquinas
  • 1305-1377: Babylonian Captivity of the Papacy
  • 1378-1415: The Great Schism

Attempts at Church Reform: 1400-1600

  • 1382: John Wyclif's teachings are condemned by the Synod of London.
  • 1414: Thomas a Kempis, "The Imitation of Christ."
  • 1415: Jan Hus is burned as a heretic.
  • 1494: Savanarola's theocratic government in Florence.
  • 1501: Erasmus of Rotterdam, "Enchiridian militis christiani" [Handbook of the Militant Christian].
  • 1500-1598: The Protestant Reformation
  • 1500-1565: The Catholic Reformation
  • 1500-1650: The Wars of Religion

The Secularization of Society: 1600-present

  • 1598: The Edict of Nantes
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