8th century

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Year in Review 7th Century Year in Review 8th Century Year in Review 9th Century

Centuries: 7th century - 8th century - 9th century

Decades: 700s, 710s, 720s, 730s, 740s, 750s, 760s, 770s, 780s, 790s


  • introduction of the stirrup to Europe from China (?)
  • Sometime this century, Beowulf is probably written down.

Significant persons

Inventions, Discoveries, Introductions

  • heavy plow in use in the Rhine valley
  • horsecollar in use in Northern Europe in 8th or 9th century - perhaps introduced from Asia
  • papermaking introduced from China to Arabs