Byzantium and the holy roman empire : Christianity in the 7th and 8th centuries

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  • Part one of this program contrasts the ill health of Rome and its Church with the spiritual and material vitality of Byzantium. But all was not well even in the east, as war with Persia and the rise and swift spread of Islam made the Holy Land off-limits, while arguments about the nature of Christ continued to split the Christian world. Part two focuses on the conversion of the Saxon tribes first by Bishop Boniface-the Apostle of Germany-and then by King Charlemagne, who was crowned Holy Roman Emperor by Pope Leo III.


  • Encoded with permission for digital streaming by Films Media Group on Feb. 17, 2007.
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  • Pope Gregory and the Collapse of Rome (2:54) -- Britain Converts to Roman Christianity (2:42) -- Persians Threaten the Holy Land (2:25) -- Theological Dispute Divides Christianity (2:43) -- Islam Appears (2:20) -- Islam Challenges Christian Beliefs (1:28) -- Judaism, Christianity, and Islam: Common Roots (1:53) -- Muslims Capture Jerusalem (2:25) -- Islamic Conquests and Culture (3:42) -- Converting European Pagans (4:06) -- Boniface Converts Pagans (2:43) -- Community and Group Conversions (1:54) -- Violence Against Missionaries (1:08) -- Charlemagne's Militarized Christianity (3:12) -- Charlemagne Changes Tactics (3:39) -- Scholars and Texts Emerge (3:40) -- Charlemagne's Holy Roman Empire (2:18)
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