Europe in Turmoil: Foreign Influences on Tenth Century Europe


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Europe in Turmoil:  Foreign Influences on Tenth Century Europe
The Viking and Hungarian invasions across the European continent during the Ninth and Tenth centuries left a dramatic impact upon the continent.  These two separate cultures would rampage across large swaths of Europe, bringing with them a wave of terror and fear.  Their actions are now things of legend, but their military triumphs exist within the historical sphere as well.  The purpose of this paper is three-fold: first, we will examine why these invasions were so damaging to Europe, second we will determine which one was ultimately more destructive, and third we will discuss how these invasions effected Christianity and spiritualism across the European continent.
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The end: Africa and the Near East would become the catalyst for the Crusades.  Therefore, the invasions of the Ninth and Tenth centuries would solidify Christianity’s hold on Europe.  The solidarity gained by brother nations fighting side by side in the name of the Church would cement Europe as a bastion of Christianity for the next 1,000 years. 
Works Cited
E.L. Skip Knox.  “The Tenth Century; Muslims in the Western Mediterranean”,18 December 2000.  Available as published lecture online.  Accessed May 12, 2008
Robert S. Hoyt, Stanley Chodorow, Europe in the Middle Ages (New York, Javonovich, Inc.,1976).
Maurice Keen, A History of Medieval Europe (New York, Praeger Publishers, 1967).