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Ancient Glass Blog of The Allaire Collection

The Middle Ages is a period of European history between the decline of the Roman Empire in the fifth century A.D. and the dawn of the Renaissance in 15th century Italy.  The Western Roman Empire ended more or less at the end of the 5th century The Eastern Roman empire, Byzantium, ended basically in the 15th century when the Mores conquered Constantinople and formed an Islamic state at the eastern borders of Europe. But, let’s not forget that the crusaders in the early part of the 13th century contributed to the decay of what was left of the Eastern empire. Glass and history go hand in hand so to say.

Fortunately, there was still something going on in the field of glass making after the western part of the Roman Empire had vanished. The Romans brought their own glass makers with them in the respective…

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