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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Society in the Middle Ages

History - Middle Ages

Written by Simon Newman

The Middle Ages is known to be the historical period of Europe between the 5th and 15th Century. The salient political feature of the initiation of this historical period was the collapse of...
 

Sports in the Middle Ages

History - Middle Ages

Written by Simon Newman

After the fall of Western Roman Empire, people in Europe faced harsh tumultuous political wars and religious struggles. During the early middle ages, Europeans faced the rising of feudal system and...
 

Technology in the Middle Ages

History - Middle Ages

Written by Simon Newman

Many historians mention the medieval period of Europe as ‘Dark ages,’ a period when reason and logic was sidelined with belief and religion. However, the late medieval period offered a great...
 

Timeline of the Middle Ages

History - Middle Ages

Written by Simon Newman

The Middle Ages is referred to the period of European history which marks the fall of Western Roman Empire in the 5th Century and the beginning of the Renaissance or the Age of Discovery in the...
 

War in the Middle Ages

History - Middle Ages

Written by Simon Newman

Major Wars of the Middle Ages and tactics used

The Middle Ages are marked as the period between the collapse of the Roman Empire and the rise of the Renaissance period. Although there is a lack of...
 

Monasteries in the Middle Ages

History - Middle Ages

Written by Simon Newman

Benedictine laws created in 529 AD by St. Benedictine governed monasteries in the middle ages. The middle ages also saw the establishment of various monk orders with the main ones being...
 

Money in the Middle Ages

History - Middle Ages

Written by Simon Newman

People of ancient times used to exchange products for trades and this system was known as the barter system. There are evidences of barter system since 9000 BC. However, as the trade and business...
 

Musical Instruments in the Middle Ages

History - Middle Ages

Written by Simon Newman

Music has been a large component of human social interactions, personal expression, and culture throughout recorded history. While many consider the Middle Ages a time of hard work, famine, disease...
 

Names from the Middle Ages

History - Middle Ages

Written by Simon Newman

Medieval names are often derived from biblical texts and saint names as a reflection of the important of religion in the Middle Ages.  Vernacular languages were spoken throughout Europe and...
 

Nobles in the Middle Ages

History - Middle Ages

Written by Simon Newman

Life in the Middle Ages was rather strictly centered around something of a caste system. A clear hierarchy existed, a pyramid of sorts with royalty at the top and peasants, comprising the bulk of...
 

Peasants In The Middle Ages

History - Middle Ages

Written by Simon Newman

Peasants in the middle ages were mainly agricultural farmers who worked in lands that were owned by a lord. The lord would rent out his land to the peasants in exchange for economic labor. Peasants...
 

Popes in the Middle Ages

History - Middle Ages

Written by Simon Newman

Popes in the Middle Ages became central figures of power and influence. During this time many people from all walks of life flocked to the Holy Land to see the pope. The overly aggressive religious...
 

Priests in the Middle Ages

History - Middle Ages

Written by Simon Newman

In the middle ages, the clergy and the Church in general were very influential. The kings and local lords appointed members of the clergy including the bishops and priests, and in return, the...
 

Queens in the Middle Ages

History - Middle Ages

Written by Simon Newman

Queens in the Middle Ages had a very specific role in the monarchy as well as in society in general. They were sometimes rulers in their own right, but often one of their most important duties was...
 

Religion in the Middle Ages

History - Middle Ages

Written by Simon Newman

Religion in the Middle Ages was dominated by Christianity. It is the era in which the great cathedrals of Europe were built and the Catholic Church started its universities in Paris, Tubingen...
 

School in the Middle Ages

History - Middle Ages

Written by Simon Newman

Formal education has its roots very early in the Middle Ages, in the 800s under Charlemagne of France. Charlemagne was a shrewd leader, and understood that in order to maintain political and...
 

Science in the Middle Ages

History - Middle Ages

Written by Simon Newman

Science in the Middle Ages was quite the tricky subject. Many scientific beliefs go against what the Catholic Church believes and teaches, and this led to a great bit of debate during the Middle...
 

Work in the Middle Ages

History - Middle Ages

Written by Simon Newman

True to our understanding of the Middle Ages it is a time recognized by castles, princes, princesses, knights and peasants all co-inhabiting a kingdom. Each of these individuals where characterized...
 

Music in the Middle Ages

History - Middle Ages

Written by Simon Newman

All cultures and epochs throughout history have music as a part of their culture for entertainment, devotional, or other purposes.  The timing of Middle Ages music is generally agreed upon my...
 

Monks in the Middle Ages

History - Middle Ages

Written by Simon Newman

Life in the Middle Ages was easy for few. The times were marked by famine, disease, and near-constant warfare and violence. While nobles and monarchs could shield themselves somewhat from many of...
 

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