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Middle Ages » 1000 » 1000

Middle Ages

When: 1000 - 1500
Where: Britain, Mediterranean, Europe

Although the power of Rome was shattered by the growth of migrating tribes, the culture of late antiquity, especially Christianity, continued to have an effect and define the early Middle Ages. This time was ultimately marked by the Feudalism and the age of Knights, the Bubonic Plague, the Crusades and the Hundred Years War. Concurrent to the developments of the Christian West, in Arabia the Prophet Muhammad founded Islam in the 7th Century. It was a new religion with immense political and military effectiveness. Soon, great Islamic empires developed from the Iberian Peninsula to India and Central Asia.

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The Origin of Valentine's Day?

Valentines day dates back to Roman times, when a holiday called The Feast of Lubercus was celebrated to protect shepherds and their flocks from wolves. During this time of year, goddess Juno Februata was honored by pairing boys and girls and denoting them 'partners' for a year.

Pope Gelasius declared February 14 St. Valentine's Day around 497 AD, in an effort to replace pagan holidays with Christian tradition. Although the pairing ritual was banished, romance remains the distinctive attribute of this holiday.

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