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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Military in the Middle Ages

History - Middle Ages

Written by Simon Newman

Representations of medieval times in modern literature and television are often centered around the violence and near-perpetual warfare of the age. While it is widely understood that the Middle...
 

Houses in the Middle Ages

History - Middle Ages

Written by Simon Newman

One thing that is forever changing is the architecture of our homes. The Middle Ages houses are one of the most interesting style homes that were ever created throughout history. Try watching a...
 

Peasant Life In The Middle Ages

History - Middle Ages

Written by Simon Newman

Peasant life in the Middle Ages was noticeably difficult. Families and entire villages were exposed to disease, war and generally a life of poverty. In the eleventh and twelfth centuries, most...
 

Middle Ages Words & Vocabulary

History - Middle Ages

Written by Simon Newman

Here are some of the most common words and middle ages vocabulary:

Vassals

These were local lords at the bottom of the lordship hierarchy. They served the superior lords in a military...
 

Guilds in the Middle Ages

History - Middle Ages

Written by Simon Newman

Guilds were important socio-political structures of the society of Middle Ages as they were considered an essential part of life at that time. People were encouraged by the feudal system to be a...
 

Feudalism in the Middle Ages

History - Middle Ages

Written by Simon Newman

Following the defeat of the Anglo Saxon at the Battle of Hastings in 1066, William the Conquer and the Normans laid the groundwork for the middle ages feudal system. However even before this, there...
 

Middle Ages Facts

History - Middle Ages

Written by Simon Newman

Although the middle Ages are generally characterized as a tumultuous time, the truth is that many interesting things took place within the society.  From the nobility to the peasants, the...
 

Major Events in the Middle Ages

History - Middle Ages

Written by Simon Newman

This brief timeline of Middle Ages events mentions details of the major events during the Middle Ages which were significant to the lives and incidences of famous people, Kings and lords of the...
 

Economy in the Middle Ages

History - Middle Ages

Written by Simon Newman

The middle ages economy was characterized by deep social stratification and a largely agricultural system. Even before the Normans invaded England, the market economy was an essential part of life...
 

Middle Ages Customs

History - Middle Ages

Written by Simon Newman

After the fall of Roman Empire, the social life and customs of general populace was deeply influenced by tumultuous periods of wars and political changes. As a result, the middle ages customs were...
 

Crafts in the Middle Ages

History - Middle Ages

Written by Simon Newman

Crafts in the Middle Ages has a different connotation than crafts today. Largely, Middle Ages crafts were not hobbies or artistic demonstrations, but trades that had been studied and mastered by...
 

Major Cities in the Middle Ages

History - Middle Ages

Written by Simon Newman

Almost all major European cities of current world had their roots in the Middle Ages. However, some of Middle Ages cities weren’t as important as they are now. After the fall of Roman Empire new...
 

Buildings in the Middle Ages

History - Middle Ages

Written by Simon Newman

Christianity played a significant role in unifying people and the same religious movement also helped in establishing feudal system in Europe. As a result, the buildings and architecture of this...
 

Famous Artists of the Middle Ages

History - Middle Ages

Written by Simon Newman

The Middle Ages saw the emergence of some of the most famous artists throughout history. There is a rather large range in artistic style throughout the Middle Ages, and you can see a strong...
 

Activities in the Middle Ages

History - Middle Ages

Written by Simon Newman

The life and activities of people during the Middle Ages was quite different from the lifestyle of today. The time of a common man was spent working in the fields growing crops for their...
 

Marriage in the Middle Ages

History - Middle Ages

Written by Simon Newman

Admittedly, modern day folklore and film seeks to depict middle ages romance and marriage as entirely romantic. Although there was no shortage of ideal love and marriages during this time, the...
 

Manors in the Middle Ages

History - Middle Ages

Written by Simon Newman

On October 1066, the English army under King Harold II was defeated by the Norman-French army of Duke William II of Normandy during the Battle of Hastings. The Normans then established the feudal...
 

Lords of the Middle Ages

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Written by Simon Newman

Lords of the Middle Ages were those who leased land or other property to an individual or many individuals.  Usually lords had more than one tenant on their property.  In the Middle Ages...
 

Law in the Middle Ages

History - Middle Ages

Written by Simon Newman

After the collapse of Western Modern Empire, it became very difficult to manage the law and order situations in the smaller kingdoms initiated by the Barbarians. Evolution and spread of religious...
 

Late Middle Ages

History - Middle Ages

Written by Simon Newman

The period of European history during 14th to 16th century (1300-1500) is considered as the Late Middle Ages. At the end of 13th century, Europe faced a series of famines and plagues including the...
 

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