Middle Ages

The Middle ages lasted from the 5th all the way to the 15th century in Europe. The beginning of the Middle Ages is marked with the fall of the Western Roman Empire and the end of the Middle Ages by the rise of the humanism idea in North Italy, known as Renaissance.

Jousting Knights at Tournament during Middle Ages

The Middle Ages is usually split into three different periods:

The First period is the end of the Roman Empire and the invasion of the Barbarians who created their own kingdom on the ruins of the Western Roman Empire.  At the same time and later during the 7th Century, territories of the formerly Eastern Empire were conquered by the Islamic Empire.

The Second period is known as High Middle Ages which started around 1000 AD. It was marked with the growth of the population in Europe, and with new society form-Feudalism.  Also the first ideas of the Crusades were introduced; it was an attempt of the Christians to regain the power over the Middle East and the Holy Land.

The Late Middle Ages was probably the worst period of the Middle Ages regarding the overall health situation in Europe. Indeed, the Black Death, killed a 3rd of the population in Europe. It was one of the reasons the rulers turned their back to the Catholic Church and decided to adopt the new Humanistic ideas of Renaissance. With the end of the Middle Ages came the Early Modern period.

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Middle Ages

The Bayeux Tapestry

History - Middle Ages

Written by Simon Newman

The Bayeux Tapestry is a magnificent piece of artwork that has attracted the attention of audiences for centuries, and it’s easy to see why. Not only does the Bayeux Tapestry depict an...
 

Magna Carta

History - Middle Ages

Written by Simon Newman

The Magna Carta, also known as the Great Charter, the Magna Carta Libertatum and The Great Charter of the Liberties of England, is a document that was signed by King John in 1215. He signed the...
 

Battle of Hastings

History - Middle Ages

Written by Simon Newman

On Saturday 14th October 1066 King Harold II of England was defeated by William, Duke of Normandy (also known as William the Conqueror) at what is now known as the Battle of Hastings. The battle...
 

Inventions in the Middle Ages

History - Middle Ages

Written by Simon Newman

From the invasion of William the Conqueror in 1066 right through to the beginning of the Tudor dynasty in 1485 a lot of wars took place during the Middle Ages, and with war comes the development of...
 

The Black Death

History - Middle Ages

Written by Simon Newman

The Black Death, formerly known as the Bubonic Plague, is by far one of the most horrifying and yet the most fascinating subjects toed to the Middle Ages. Perhaps it is both the ferocity of the...
 

The Great Schism

History - Middle Ages

Written by Simon Newman

The Great Schism is the name given to the division of the Roman Catholic Church in which rival popes sat in both Rome and Avignon. It is also called the Great Schism in Western Christendom and the...
 

Wars of the Roses

History - Middle Ages

Written by Simon Newman

The Wars of the Roses is the name given to a series of civil wars that occurred over a space of three decades in England during the Middle Ages.

The Wars of the Roses were fought between two...
 

Wars of the Roses - Timeline

History - Middle Ages

Written by Simon Newman

The Wars of the Roses was the name given to a series of civil wars that were fought between the House of Lancaster and the House of York between 1455 and 1485. The name ‘Wars of the Roses’ was...
 

The Peasants Revolt

History - Middle Ages

Written by Simon Newman

Medieval England experienced a surprisingly few number of revolts, especially given the constant threat of war and the rising taxes pushed on peasants to fund the feuds.

However, one of the most...
 

The Domesday Book

History - Middle Ages

Written by Simon Newman

The Domesday Book is one of the most renowned, respected and revered public records ever to have been published. It is also the oldest public record to have survived through the ages. Unlike the...
 

Middle Ages Battles

History - Middle Ages

Written by Simon Newman

The Middle Ages was a particularly violent and bloody period in English history. The Middle Ages is a period that is full of warfare and violence, and in this article we will look at some of the...
 

Hundred Years War

History - Middle Ages

Written by Simon Newman

The Hundred Years War is by far one of the most aggressive, bloodiest and chaotic periods for both the English and French. The Hundred Years War was fought in two separate periods, 1337 – 1377...
 

Hundred Years War - Timeline

History - Middle Ages

Written by Simon Newman

The Hundred Years War marks on of the most violent and bloodiest periods in English history. The war was fought over a number of battles between the English and the French between 1337 through to...
 

Donatello Italian sculptor

History - Middle Ages

Written by Tim Nash

DONATELLO (diminutive of Donato) (c. 1386-1466), Italian sculptor, was the son of Niccolo di Betto Bardi, a member of the Florentine Woolcombers' Gild, and was born in Florence probably in 1386...
 

Gambling - The Wheel Of Fortune

History - Middle Ages

Written by Charlotte Jackson

Long before the Roulette wheel was invented by Blaise Pascal in 1655, the culture of the European Middle Ages had the concept of the Wheel Of Fortune, which underpinned the world of Medieval...
 

Villeins in the Middle Ages

History - Middle Ages

Written by Tim Nash

Villeins in the middle ages were originally in the same class as feudal serfs. Initially the villein was legally and theoretically, a freeman but this was just in his interaction with his fellow...
 

Painting Styles in the middle ages

History - Middle Ages

Written by Simon Newman

Middle Ages paintings are some of the most beautiful pieces of artwork that were ever created. They can express an entire scene through a painting, and each and every one of them represents a great...
 

Paintings in the Middle Ages

History - Middle Ages

Written by Simon Newman

The early Middle Ages were characterized by art of the Dark Ages and the time preceding them. This art, the Byzantium style, had developed in the Roman Empire prior to its fall. Artists were...
 

Quotes in the Middle Ages

History - Middle Ages

Written by Simon Newman

The Middle Ages quotes listed below are from some of the most famous and influential people of the time period.  These Middle Ages quotes reflect the culture and societal norms of the time...
 

Princesses in the Middle Ages

History - Middle Ages

Written by Simon Newman

The life of medieval princesses is somewhat romanticized in contemporary thought giving the impression of fairy tales and castles.  However, the women of the Middle Ages who became princesses...
 

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