Christianity: The First Two Thousand Years

Season 1 Episode 4

The Faith Conquers

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The Faith Conquers
The Golden Age of Christianity began, appropriately enough, on January 1st. On that day in the year 800, the Pope placed a crown on the head of the Frankish king Charlemagne, declaring him the new Holy Roman Emperor. "The Faith Conquers" details the enlightened reforms that Charlemagne instituted, which lifted Europe from the Dark Ages and cemented Christianity as the cornerstone of Western Civilization. At the same time, military campaigns spread the Word of God through the power of the sword, while monks in the east invented a new alphabet to translate the Bible into Slavic tongues. By the year 1,000, all of Europe was part of Christendom. But the destruction of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem by Muslim warriors foretold of the violence that was soon to come.moreless
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