Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Murphysboro Centuries, 9th secular

Michael III, 842-867
- at first his mother Theodora was regent, then later her brother Bardas was the power behind the throne - 843, the Iconoclastic controversy ended and icons were allowed again
- 856, Russians (Varangians) appear in history for the first time, appearing in Constantinople - beginning in 863, two missionaries, Cyril and Methodius, are sent to the Slavs to convert them - they also invent a new alphabet (the Cyrillic alphabet) in order to write down the Slav languages
- in 866, Michael had his favorite, Basil, kill his uncle so that he can gain full power

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