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

Knighthood in the Middle Ages

History - Middle Ages

Written by Simon Newman

Knighthood in the middle ages was something of a prestigious position. The knight was charged with the obligation of learning the art of war and adhering to the code of chivalry. This code demanded...
 

Jesters in the Middle Ages

History - Middle Ages

Written by Simon Newman

During the Middle Ages, members of nobility enjoyed a leisure life and often they used to appoint or employ a professional clown whose major task was to entertain a king or noblemen of the medieval...
 

Japan in the Middle Ages

History - Middle Ages

Written by Simon Newman

Japan in the Middle Ages is also referred to as the “Classical Period” in Japan.  Three main periods, the Asuka period, the Nara period, and the Heian period, made up the classical...
 

Inquisition in the Middle Ages

History - Middle Ages

Written by Simon Newman

Many people used to fear the Inquisition in the Middle Ages. They did not express remorse or offer deals to anyone that they were investigating for they felt that they were on a mission from God...
 

High Middle Ages

History - Middle Ages

Written by Simon Newman

Historians often divide the whole medieval ages in three distinct periods, the Early Middle Ages, the High Middle Ages and the Late Middle Ages. The period of early middle ages is considered to...
 

Germany in the Middle Ages

History - Middle Ages

Written by Simon Newman

During the Middle Ages, Franks conquered the West Germanic Tribes after the fall of Roman Empire. The Frankish Empire of Germany was divided in 843 among the heirs of Charlemagne. In 962, Otto I...
 

France in the Middle Ages

History - Middle Ages

Written by Simon Newman

History of France

The name of France is derived from a medieval tribe called the Franks.  A 15 year old boy with the name of Clovis became leader of his small Frankish tribe in 481. He began...
 

Fief in the Middle Ages

History - Middle Ages

Written by Simon Newman

In the middle ages, land was known as fief. The Lord or the king in exchange of services gave fief to him, and this was known as the medieval feudalism or the feudal system. This concept involved...
 

Feudalism in the Middle Ages

History - Middle Ages

Written by Simon Newman

In order to attain security after the fall of the Roman Empire, against Germanic barbarians, Islamic invaders, and pagan enemies, European kingdoms gradually accepted the customs of feudalism. The...
 

Fashion in the Middle Ages

History - Middle Ages

Written by Simon Newman

Fashion in the Middle Ages was determined by the social class people were belonging to. Medieval England was influenced and ideas from France, Spain and Italy. During the Middle Ages, the people...
 

England In The Middle Ages

History - Middle Ages

Written by Simon Newman

England in the middle ages was faced by losses and triumphs. For England like the rest of Europ, the middle ages was a time of significant social changes, growing nationalism, international war...
 

Early Middle Ages

History - Middle Ages

Written by Simon Newman

In European history, the period from 400s AD until 900s AD was known as the Early Middle Ages.  The Early Middle Ages Period followed the fall of the Roman Empire.  After the Early Middle...
 

Dance in the Middle Ages

History - Middle Ages

Written by Simon Newman

Dancing in the middle ages was a very reserved practice as the church played an important role in the middle ages and did not approve of dancing. Eventually the church did approve and some dancing...
 

Daily Life in the Middle Ages

History - Middle Ages

Written by Simon Newman

In today’s popular culture, medieval times are portrayed as filled with chivalry, nobility, balls, drama, and romance. While all of these elements did play a role in life in the Middle Ages, they...
 

Culture in the Middle Ages

History - Middle Ages

Written by Simon Newman

There is one word to describe the culture in the Middle Ages and that is barbaric. While some countries were better than others at maintaining order and the education of their society it was quite...
 

Clergy in the Middle Ages

History - Middle Ages

Written by Simon Newman

The clergy in the Middle Ages were very important and influential in the society. Some even had a great deal of power politically. The clergy in the Middle Ages were exempted from paying taxes...
 

China in the Middle Ages

History - Middle Ages

Written by Simon Newman

China is well known for being one of the leaders in developmental countries. China has repeatedly proven to be one of the frontrunners in developing and researching medicine, technology, science...
 

Books about the Middle Ages

History - Middle Ages

Written by Simon Newman

The medieval period of European history is an interesting topic because it offers information about the political, religious, and social situations of the world just before the renaissance period...
 

Bakers in the Middle Ages

History - Middle Ages

Written by Simon Newman

Bread has been a staple of the human diet since the first cultivation of grains, and the Middle Ages were no different. Bakers in the Middle Ages had to manage a unique and specific set of...
 

Merchants in the Middle Ages

History - Middle Ages

Written by Simon Newman

Merchants in the middle ages were business people who participated in retail and trade. The term “merchant” comes from the Latin term “mercer” which means trafficking and from the French...
 

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