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Yuri Koszarycz


So we can see that by the end of the seventh century three distinct powers co- existed in Europe. Firstly the power of the West controlled by the ruler of the Christian people, the pontiff who was to be king-maker and king-breaker. Secondly, the power of Byzantium, a power based on a neat compound of Rome, Hellenism and Christianity. It perceived Rome's new allegiances with the rising Frankish territories as a betrayal - a transfer of alliance which weakened an already precarious position.

The Islamic conquests represented the third power. It was perceived by both Rome and Constantinople with alarm, yet in the end it was not enough for this mutual self-interest to heal the rifts emerging in the two Churches. With the Pope becoming more and more committed to the maintenance of the empire in the West, Eastern Christendom became increasingly isolated, ultimately falling before the onslaught of Islamic forces.

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