10th century

As a means of recording the passage of time, the 10th century was that century which lasted from 901 to 1000.

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Overview

The tenth century is usually regarded as a low point in European history. In China it was also a period of political upheaval. In Islamdom, however, it was a cultural zenith, especially in Spain. Also it was the zenith for the Byzantine Empire.

Medievalist and historian of technology Lynn White said that "to the modern eye, it is very nearly the darkest of the Dark Ages," but concluded that ". . . if it was dark, it was the darkness of the womb."[1] Similarly, Helen Waddell wrote that the tenth century was that which "in the textbooks disputes with the seventh the bad eminence, the nadir of the human intellect."[2] Even in the fifteenth century, Lorenzo Valla described it as the Century of Lead and Iron.

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Events

This statue of a yogini goddess was created in Kaveripakkam in Tamil Nadu, India, during the 10th century.
This statue of a yogini goddess was created in Kaveripakkam in Tamil Nadu, India, during the 10th century.
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Significant people

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Inventions, discoveries, introductions

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Decades and years

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Notes

  1. Quoted in The Tenth Century: How Dark the Dark Ages?, edited by Robert Sabatine Lopez. Holt, Reinhart and Winston: 1959.
  2. The Wandering Scholars. Constable and Co: London, 1927.
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Further reading

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