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Circa 700One of the Oldest Surviving Hebrew Fragments Written in Europe 700Traversing the Mediterranean in Twenty Days 702The First State Libraries in Japan 704 – 705The Earliest Surviving Letter Known to Have Been Written from One Englishman to Another April 30, 711 – July 19, 718
A map displaying the expansion of the Umayyad empire. (View Larger)
Foundation of the Empire of al-Andalus in Spain
713 – 734
A reproduction of the Kalyuan Za Bao, one of the earliest newspapers. (View Larger)
One of the Earliest Newspapers, Written on Silk
715 – 720
Folio 27r of the Lindisfarne Gospels. (View Larger)
Creation of the Lindisfarne Gospels
Circa 715 – 720
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The Earliest Image of a Scribe Using a Writing Table
The library in the Abbey of St. Gall. (View Larger)
One of the Oldest, Largest, and Most Signficant Medieval Libraries
A portrait of the Venerable Bede, by John Doyle Penrose, c. 1902.
Finger Reckoning and Computus in the Eighth Century
725 – 750
Folio 30v of the Vespasian Psalter, depicting David with musicians. (View Larger)
The Oldest English Translation of Any Portion of the Bible
Circa 725
A painting of St. Benedict drafting the Benedictine Rules, by Herman Nieg, c. 1926. The painting resides in the church of Heiligenkreuz Abbey near Baden bei Wien, Lower Austria. (View Larger)
The Earliest Surviving Copy of St. Benedict's Rules
Circa 731
Historia ecclasiastica gentis Anglorum, folio 3v of Beda Petersburgiensis, dated 746. (View Larger)
The Foundation of English Historical Writing
Charles de Steuben's 'Bataille de Poitiers,' created at sometime between 1834 and 1837, now located at Musée du château de Versailles, France.(View Larger)
Charles Martel Stops Muslim Expansion at the Battle of Tours
734Earliest Examples of Block Printed Script, Printed on Silk 736 – 760
Folio 5r of Codex Benevenatus, Jerome's letter. (View Larger)
From the Libraries of Richard Mead and Anthony Askew
750Most of the Surviving Greek Literature was Translated into Arabic by 750 Circa 750
The oldest known historiated initial, found in the St. Petersurg Bede, also known as the Leningrad Bede.
The Earliest Known Example of an Historiated Initial and One of the Earliest…
Circa 750
A portrait of St. Mark the Evangelist from folio 30v of the Book of Dimma. (View Larger)
The Book of Dimma
Circa 750Evidence of the Decline of Literacy Among the Laity in the Early Middle Ages Circa 750
Folio 11 of the Codex Aureus, inscribed in Old English. (View Larger)
The Stockholm Codex Aureus, Looted Twice by Vikings
Circa 750 – 950Early Chinese Bookbinding Techniques as Practiced in Dunhuang Circa 750 – 850The Most Lavishly Illustrated Byzantine Manuscript Circa 750 – 975The Graeco-Arabic Translation Movement in Baghdad 751
A map of the Silk Road. (View Larger)
Chinese Prisoners of War Convey Papermaking Techniques to the Arabs
A statue of Abd ar-Rahman in Almuñécar, Spain. (View Larger)
Abd ar-Rahman Conquers Cordoba
The ornate cover on the Lindau Gospels, located in the Pierpont Morgan Library. (View Larger)
One of the Great Treasures of Early Carolingian Metalwork
A modern photograph of a courtyard in the House of Wisdom, also known as the Bait al-Hikma. (View Larger)
Foundation of the House of Wisdom in Baghdad
764 – 770
One of one million pagodas commissioned by Empress Shotuku, containing Bhuddhist charms, or dhrani scrolls. (View Larger
One Million Copies Printed; The First Large Scale Mass Production
765 – 775The Oldest Surviving Book in the German Language 767
Raban Maur (left), flanked by Alcuin (middle), dedicates his work to Archbishop Otgar of Mainz (Right), taken from a Carolingian manuscript (ca. 831/40) currently residing in the Österreichische Nationalbibliothek Wien. (View Larger)
One of the Finest Libraries North of the Alps: About 100 Books
Circa 770Production of Manuscripts and Interest in Books Begins in Germany in the Last Third of the Eighth Century 772 – 781The Earliest Datable Application of Carolingian Minuscule Circa 775
A page fromt he 'Canones concillorum,' written in both unical and miniscule.(View Larger)
"The Oldest Western European Codex in Private Hands" (As of 2009)
Circa 775 – 825
The parchment on which the Veronese Riddle is written. (View Larger)
The First Sample of an Early Italian Language
Circa 775 – 825The Only Surviving Visigothic Manuscript Containing Figural Decoration Circa 776
A portrait of Brahmagupta. (View Larger)
How the Hindu Numbers Came to the Arabs
778 – 820
Folio 72v of the Codex Aureus of Lorsch, depicting Christ. (View Larger)
The Codex Aureus of Lorsch and its Dispersal
Circa 780 – 820The Contributions of the Emperor Charlemagne and the Educator Alcuin to the Carolingian Renaissance Circa 780A Book of Psalms from the Late 8th Century Found in a Bog in 2006 Circa 780 – 875About 7000 Manuscripts and Fragments Survive from the Late 8th and 9th Centuries 781 – 783The Earliest Example of the Carolingian Illumination Style 783 – 795
A facsimile of the Dagulf Psalter, also known as the Golden Psalter. (View Larger)
The First Treasure Binding Associated with its Original Codex
Circa 790
An image depicting the crucifixion of Christ, found in the Gellone Sacramentary. (View Larger)
The Gellone Sacramentary: a Masterpiece of Carolingian Manuscript Illumination
Circa 790"Very Little That Was Recopied in the Crucial Ninth Century Was Subsequently Lost" 793Papermaking is Established in Baghdad June 8, 793
The ruins of Lindisfarne Abbey. (View Larger)
Vikings Sack the Monastery and Library of Lindisfarne in the First Viking…
794 – 800Used by Charlemagne at his Coronation as Holy Roman Emperor 799Approximately 1880 Manuscript Codices or Fragments Survive of Texts Written before 800 Circa 800
The Book of Kells.
The Book of Kells
Circa 800
Folio f32v of Harley 2767, the document from which most manuscripts of De architectura were copied. (View Larger)
The Archetype of De architectura
Circa 800Some of the Earliest Library Catalogs Were Introduced in Baghdad 800 – 830
Example of Carolingian minuscule script.
Adoption of the Carolingian Minuscule Brought the Destruction of Many Late Roman Manuscripts
Circa 800
The Rök Runestone, believed to be the earliest Sweedish writing, makes reference to Ostrogothic King, Theodoric the Great.
The First Written Swedish Literature
Circa 800The Oldest Surviving Manuscript Written on Arab Paper 800 – 860"Mass Production" of Bibles at Tours: A "New" Development in Medieval Book Production