Gregory the Great's Europe

@article{Markus1981GregoryTG,
  title={Gregory the Great's Europe},
  author={Robert A. Markus},
  journal={Transactions of the Royal Historical Society},
  year={1981},
  volume={31},
  pages={21 - 36}
}
  • R. Markus
  • Published 1 December 1981
  • History
  • Transactions of the Royal Historical Society
Gregory became pope in the summer of 590, to succeed his predecessor who had been carried away by the plague. Nearly fifty years had passed since the first outbreak of the plague in the time of Justinian. Let the plague serve as our signpost to a period of upheaval across Europe. If the 530s were the ‘age of hope’ a disastrous reversal began in the 540s. The succeeding half-century was a time of collapsing hopes and darkening horizons: the prospect of imperial reconquest and peace receding… 

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