THE EUROPEAN POST Islam In Europe Pg 188 Islam the religion that the Franks and the other Germanic people brought to Europe. It started in the west of Europe. The powerful force began spreading through the middle east and the Mediterranean world. Islam came from Arabia in 632. People that believe in Islam are called muslims. The Christians in Europe began to worry because the muslim army began to win victories in the mediterranean world.

They overran Christian kingdoms in North Africa and Spain. Frankish warriors led by Charles Martel defeated a Muslim army. This defeat and others made the muslims go back to Spain. How do you become a Knight? Pg 192 To become a knight at the age of seven, you are sent to the castle of your father's lord.

Here you learn to ride and fight from a horse and from the ground. You learn how to keep their armor and weapons in respectable condition. The training to become a king ht was very difficult and strict discipline was given if lazy. You would finishing training around the age of 21. There would be a ceremony to induct you in as a king ht. Now you would be ready to become a knight.

As a knight you would go off to fight battles if there was any going on. If there was no fighting you would participate in tournaments. Lords may invited you to these tournaments with other knight from your area to see your fighting skill. The Benedict Rule pg 197 Benedict was monk who founded the monastery of Monte Cassino in Italy about 530 A. D... He set up rules to regulate life at the monasteries.

These rules became, the Benedict Rule and has spread to monasteries and converts across Europe. Under the rule of Benedict monks and nuns took an oath of poverty. They also took vows of chasity or purity of obedience to the abbot. Thier chief duties were prayer and worship of God. The Agricultural Revolution Pg 201 The Agricultural Revolution of Europe began by the 1000's.

Most of the new technologies came from farmers in the country side. By 800 peasants were using new iron plows to plow their farms. This is a major improvement to the wooden plows. Harnesses were also founded to use horses instead of opens to pull plows.

This led to people expanding their land. A peasant also designed a windmill to grinding grain to flour. All These inventions led to the doubling of population in Europe between 1000 and 1300.