We know that poverty and want are found not only among the least of men but also frequently, for many reasons, among the great, So it is that a rich man too may be in need. Why? Because his soul is wretchedly needy.
--Dhuoda, Liber Manualis
In the year AD 843...
- It is a very important year for European History as the Carolingian Civil War is brought to an end by the Treaty of Verdun, which divides the lands that had been controlled by Charlemagne between his three grandsons Charles the Bald, Lothar I, and Louis the German. The western third becomes France, the eastern third becomes Germany, and the middle third becomes the Low Countries.
- Scottish chieftan Kenneth MacAlpin (Cináed mac Ailpín) conquers the Picts, uniting the land that is now Scotland under one rule for the first time in recorded history and founding the Alpin Dynasty of Scottish kings.
- Byzantine empress Theodora II, acting as regent for her son Emperor Michael III, restores the veneration of icons in the Eastern Church, bringing an end to the Iconoclastic Controversy.
- The Aghlabid dynasty of North African emirs conquers the Italian state of Messina in the name of the Abbasid Caliphate.
- When Renaud d'Herbauges, the Count of Nantes, hears that the Duke of Brittany, Nominoe, has fallen ill, he attempts to invade the breakaway province, but is defeated and killed by the forces of Nominoe's son Erispoe and Lambert II of Nantes at the Battle of Messac.
- In Japan a plot to overthrow the emperor led by Funya Miyatamaro is discovered, and as punishment Miyatamaro is exiled to the distant Izu Penninsula.
- Dhuoda, the wife of the Duke of Septimania in what is now southern France, completes the Liber Manualis ("Handbook for Life"), a long letter of advice to her son William that she has been writing for three years.
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