Centuries: 7th century - 8th century - 9th century
Events and trends:
- In 793, the Vikings sack the monastery of Lindisfarne. This is the first of a series of Viking raids spanning the next centuries.
- In 791, the Avars invade Europe, but in 796 they are beaten decisively by Charlemagne.
- In Byzantium, Irene is forced to lay down her role as guardian of her son, emperor Constantine VI. She still keeps acting as empress, and in 797 she has Constantine captured and deposed, and takes the throne. In 802, she will be deposed herself.
- In 794, Kyoto becomes the new capital of Japan