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Dark Ages History

Based on the clues, guess these notable facts from the years 476-1000.
The term "Dark Ages" is now considered outdated. Historians prefer "Early Middle Ages"
Some dates are approximate
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Last updatedJanuary 31, 2017
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Year
Description
Answer
476
The Dark Ages are said to begin with the fall of this empire
Western Roman
509
This ruler becomes the first king of all Franks
Clovis
522
Byzantines go to China to steal the secret of making this expensive material
Silk
532
Construction begins on this grand basilica in Constantinople
Hagia Sophia
525-565
This "great" Byzantine emperor conquers Italy
Justinian
570
This prophet is born in Mecca
Muhammad
Around 600
This canal is built to connect the Yellow and Yangtze rivers.
It is still the longest canal in the world today
Grand Canal
632
Abu Bakr becomes the first person to hold this Islamic
leadership position (according to Sunnis)
Caliph
642
The great library of this African city is once again destroyed
Alexandria
678
Byzantines use this napalm-like substance to defeat a Muslim invasion fleet
Greek Fire
711
This Muslim group conquers Iberia
Moors
793-
These Pagans raid and terrorize much of Christendom
Vikings
800
This "great" Frankish king is crowned Emperor by the Pope
Charlemagne
800's
This number is "invented" in what is today India
Zero
800's
This Indian board game reaches Europe
Chess
800's
This Central American society collapses
Maya
808
Chinese invent this saltpeter-based substance
Gunpowder
962
Otto I becomes the first ruler of this Germanic empire
Holy Roman Empire
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level 43
Jun 23, 2014
Awesome beard
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level 59
Oct 26, 2014
I typed Chlodovech, the Frankish name; Louis, the French name; Ludwig, the German name, but none of these worked. Even so, thank you for reminding us of how things evolved during the Early Middle Ages!
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level 77
Oct 26, 2014
The french name is actually Clovis. He is not considered as Louis I (Louis I was the son of Charlemagne).
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level 59
Sep 26, 2017
I just read the Wikipedia article on him which says the Franks would've called him Hlodowig. Considering all the different names he might be referred to as in all the languages, simply going with Clovis makes sense.
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level 64
Sep 27, 2017
Yep, and the German name is Chlodwig.
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level 40
Oct 27, 2014
*Byzantines* use this napalm-like substance to defeat a Muslim invasion fleet. Not Byznantines. :)
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level ∞
Oct 27, 2014
Fixed
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level 50
Oct 27, 2014
Early predecessors to chess began in India, Persia, and China, but modern chess was developed in Southern Europe.
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level 45
Apr 12, 2015
Won't accept St Sophia?
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level 69
Sep 26, 2017
I really need to start reading questions more carefully. I read "Byzantines go to China to steal the secret of making this EXPLOSIVE material" and managed to get gunpowder for another answer...
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level 78
Sep 26, 2017
Guilty of the offense as well.
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level 63
Sep 26, 2017
Me too haha
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level 72
Sep 30, 2017
same here
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level 45
Sep 26, 2017
I thought the zero was first invented by the Mayans, and the Indians followed suit about 300 years later.
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level 58
Sep 26, 2017
I wrote HRE because that's how I did it in my notes in high school so when that didn't take I went, "welp, can't be the Holy Roman Empire then." haha
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level 64
Sep 27, 2017
How about some more type-ins for caliph? Now, I haven't tested all of these, but according to the online dictionary leo.org other acceptable spellings of the word are calif, kalif, kaliph, and khalif.
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level 60
Nov 18, 2017
Good Quiz, but wasn't Charlemagne the first Holy Roman Emperor?
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level 79
Aug 21, 2018
Really disappointing that the answer to the second question wasn't "Frank."
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level 72
Nov 19, 2018
Please accept HRE