Thursday, February 2, 2012

Murphysboro Centuries, 6th secular

Maurice, 592-602
- Maurice still had to try and recover from Justinian's excesses - his reign was marked by “constant disturbances” and “widespread dissatisfaction” (because of finances - the idea of kingship at that time included giving gifts of large amounts of money to whomever came to see you - one monk amazed people by refusing 100 pounds of gold that an empress wanted to give him)
- the Avars, an eastern people, raided up to the gates of Constantinople and had to be driven off - the Persian War was finally settled by Maurice replacing on the throne a Persian king who had been driven off by a military revolution
- his “miserliness” led to a rebellion among the troops and he was forced to flee

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