How Power Exerted by Leaders over Land and People Change over Time from 600 C.E. to 1450 C.E.

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Research Question: From 600 C.E. to 1450 C.E., how did the power individual leaders exerted over their lands and people change over time?

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1. 527 C.E. – Reign of the Emperor Justinian over the Byzantine Empire Justinian, also known as “the sleepless emperor” by his subjects, was one of the most influential of the early Byzantine emperors. The reign of Justinian was a prodigiously paramount period. It marked the final cessation of the Roman Empire; the establishment of the incipient, Byzantine empire; the commencement of Western Europe's unique position within the civilizations of the Old World; and made possible the spread of Islam and the rise of the Franks. He ruled along side his strong-willed wife, and
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Research Question: From 600 C.E. to 1450 C.E., how did the power individual leaders exerted over their lands and people change over time?

Annotated Timeline

1. 527 C.E. – Reign of the Emperor Justinian over the Byzantine Empire Justinian, also known as “the sleepless emperor” by his subjects, was one of the most influential of the early Byzantine emperors. The reign of Justinian was a prodigiously paramount period. It marked the final cessation of the Roman Empire; the establishment of the incipient, Byzantine empire; the commencement of Western Europe's unique position within the civilizations of the Old World; and made possible the spread of Islam and the rise of the Franks. He ruled along side his strong-willed wife, and they were able to help the empire prosper. Justinian was also known to lavish many resources on the imperial capital. One of Justinian’s most eminent projects was the church of the “Hagia Sophia” (holy wisdom). It was one of the largest cathedrals built at the time and is considered to be the epitome of Byzantine and Christian architecture. One of Justinian’s most important contributions politically is his codification of Roman law - the Corpus iuris civilis. Justinian was also a fine administrator and conqueror, as he was able to gain control over Sicily, Italy, much of northwestern Africa, and southern Spain. After Justinian’s death in 565 CE, though, the empire suffered many setbacks, one of which included invaders to the empire from
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