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800 - 900 AD


from a perspective of women in the Church


 

Timeline

before Christ
0-100 AD
100-200
200-300
300-400
400-500
500-600
600-700
700-800
800-900
900-1000
1000-1100
1100-1200
1200-1300
1300-1400
1400-1500
1500-1600
1600-1700
1700-1800
1800-1900
1900-1950
1950-2000
2000-2050

 

 

This century, like the previous one, was characterised by widespread political and social instablity throughout Europe.

The kingdoms and principalities of France, Britain, Spain, Germany and Italy experienced severe internal and external pressures. The Vikings from the Scandinavian north conquered great parts of Ireland and Britain.

 

We are now moving into the Dark Ages - an epoch known by this name because few original works were created and few written records remain.

The name Dark Ages also applies to the Church which went through a stage of slowly establishing new bishoprics. Monasteries became the nuclei for ecclesiastical study and for evangelising rural areas.



Anglo-Saxon woman

costume reconstructed by Fasion Era



Women Deacons 800 - 900

Irene, abbess of Chrysovantalou in Byzantium and deacon, is reputed to have worked many miracles of healing and exorcism. Though the true facts of her life are at times shrouded in legend, it is clear that she was highly respected and exercised a great influence on her contemporaries.

9th century
She ran the monastery of Chrysovalantou

 

 

The theme of Mary’s priestly dignity 800 - 900

During this century the devotion to Mary as Priest continued as seen in this hymn by Theodore the Studite.

“Hail daughter, young sacrificial priest,
whose purity is aimiable and whose vestments are incredibly beautiful, in the eyes of him who says in the Canticles: ‘How beautiful are your feet in your sandals,
o daughter’ of Amminadab (Canticles 7,1)”

 

d. 826
Texts on Mary as sacrificial priest