Seven of Six, Seven of Seven, Seven of Ten

The title does not refer to additional borgs, but lists inspired by Carl Pyrdum’s recent challenge to sum up the Middle Ages in seven words (or more precisely seven concepts). There have been many excellent suggestions made in response and I’m not sure that I can add sensibly to them. But what did get me thinking was Carl’s comments summing up the results. As he points out: ‘the most skippable medieval centuries were the sixth, seventh, and tenth’. For the early medievalists among us, then, how about seven words/concepts to sum up each of those centuries? Here are my attempts:

Sixth century:
Ethnonemesis
Avars
Justinian
Gregory the Great
Pottery analysis
Radegund
Boethius

Seventh century:
Islam
Formularies
Microeconomies
Christological controversies
Isidore of Seville
Double monasteries
Austrasians

Tenth century [updated due to second thoughts]
Hrotsvita
Danegeld [replacing Battle of Maldon]
Apocalyptic thought
Cluny
Hungarians
Cordoba
Towns [replacing castles]

Add in your suggestions (though please, if possible, avoid having King Arthur appear in more than one century).

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One thought on “Seven of Six, Seven of Seven, Seven of Ten

  1. Speaking for the tenth century, as what else should I speak for, I would replace `Hrotsvita’ with “beginnings of economic recovery” and I think I’m happier with castles than with towns. And I might rephrase `Danegeld’ as “Second Viking Age” so you get all the Scandinavian unification implied too. But quibbles, merely. You did ask…

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