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Was Anno Domini used during the Medieval Era?

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Was Anno Domini used during the Medieval Era?

Anno Domini:

In much of the world today, the year is defined by its position relative to the assumed date of Christ's birth. Years before this are marked with a BC (Before Christ), and years since the birth of Christ are marked with an AD (Anno Domini, meaning 'In the Year of the Lord').

Answer and Explanation:

The Anno Domini dating system was developed during Europe's medieval era, although not everybody used it consistently. This system was first introduced in 525 AD by Scythian monk Dionysius Exiguus, who used it to record the dates for Easter. The system was not widely applied to everything until the Venerable Bede used it for his 731 AD study on the history of the English people. The French monarch Charlemagne adopted the system around 800 AD and helped to popularize its use through most of Europe. Even after this, some parts of Europe did not consistently adopt the Anno Domini system until the very end of the medieval era in the 15th century.


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