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

Life in the Middle Ages

History - Middle Ages

Written by Simon Newman

Seen as a period of decline after the Roman Empire, the Middle Ages was characterized by endless wars, the prominence of the Church, and a disparate social structure created by the feudal...
 

Renaissance in the Middle ages

History - Middle Ages

Written by Simon Newman

When talking about Renaissance almost everyone will think about this period of human history. This was a movement mostly affected by a culture in the Middle Ages, the culture that wanted to go out...
 

Rulers of the Middle Ages

History - Middle Ages

Written by Simon Newman

The Middle Ages were a time dominated by numerous kingdoms, each striving to become the wealthiest and the most powerful, and behind each kingdom was a monarch.  During this time the monarchs...
 

Serfs in the Middle Ages

History - Middle Ages

Written by Simon Newman

Serfs in the middle ages were generally peasant farmers who provided manual labor in their master’s land. The peasants would pay the lord some dues (in the form of labor) in exchange for using...
 

Social Classes in the Middle Ages

History - Middle Ages

Written by Simon Newman

There was a very distinctive social class system during the Middle Ages.  Most Medieval people were peasants, over 90%, but the divide between peasants and nobility was very clear-cut.&nbsp...
 

The Dark Ages

History - Middle Ages

Written by Simon Newman

The Dark Ages is generally considered as the early medieval period of the European history. After the collapse of the Roman Empire, Europe faced a drastic political, economic and social set back...
 

Theatre in the Middle Ages

History - Middle Ages

Written by Simon Newman

Theatre in the Middle ages covered a wide variety of genres and subject matter.  Some of the most popular genres of plays in the Middle Ages include morality plays, farces, masques and...
 

Tournaments in the Middle Ages

History - Middle Ages

Written by Simon Newman

The Middle Ages were a time of passionate warfare, chivalrous gallantry, and intense social entertainment. Tournaments in the Middle Ages were hosted and held on grand scales as displays of power...
 

Transportation in the Middle Ages

History - Middle Ages

Written by Simon Newman

Transportation in the Middle Ages was very much based on the methods and innovations that came before.  While the Romans showed innovation in building a network of roads across their Empire...
 

Troubadours in the Middle Ages

History - Middle Ages

Written by Simon Newman

In a time dominated by the Church, troubadours became well-known secular entertainers moving beyond religious themes and exploring love and politics.  Troubadours rose to prominence in the...
 

Vassals in the Middle Ages

History - Middle Ages

Written by Simon Newman

Vassals in the Middle ages were those who held the land, called a fief, and owed service and allegiance to the lord who granted them that land.  The vassal was usually a knight or a baron, but...
 

Vikings in the Middle Ages

History - Middle Ages

Written by Simon Newman

Middle Ages Vikings usually meant Norse explorers, merchants, warriors or pirates.  Vikings were known to trade, explore, raid and settle across Europe, Asia and islands in the North Atlantic...
 

Villages in the Middle Ages

History - Middle Ages

Written by Simon Newman

Contrary to the romanticized modern day depiction, the middle ages were quite a difficult and mundane time for the ordinary villager. Village life in the Middle Ages was marked by days that...
 

Weapons in the Middle Ages

History - Middle Ages

Written by Simon Newman

The Middle Ages were fraught with frequent wars and battles and weapons were extremely valuable for success in these campaigns.  Using limited technology it was possible to create a wide range...
 

Witches and Witchcraft in the Middle Ages

History - Middle Ages

Written by Simon Newman

Witchcraft in the Middle Ages was a controversial crime that was equally punishable to poisoning.  If one was accused of witchcraft, the charges could be dropped by a relative’s defense in a...
 

Women in the Middle Ages

History - Middle Ages

Written by Simon Newman

In order to best describe the role and position of women in the Middle Ages, it is first necessary to look at social standing of the women.  In general, women at this point were considered...
 

Doctors in the Middle Ages

History - Middle Ages

Written by Simon Newman

When you consider how far the development of medicine has gone just in your lifetime it can be rather difficult to imagine what life might have been like for those in the medical field during the...
 

Crusades in the Middle Ages

History - Middle Ages

Written by Simon Newman

The Crusades in the middle ages were a series of wars that the Christians of Europe launched against the Saracens. Saracens was a term that the Crusaders used to describe a Muslim. The Crusades...
 

Charlemagne (Charles I) Middle Ages

History - Middle Ages

Written by Simon Newman

Charlemagne, who was also known as Charles I, was the ruler of the Franks from 768 to 800. He then became the Emperor of Romans in the year 800 and ruled till his death on January 28th 814. The...
 

Cathedrals in the Middle Ages

History - Middle Ages

Written by Simon Newman

Cathedrals in the middle ages were typically large churches and were considered the center church of the bishop’s throne. In the medieval times, monumental cathedrals were built to symbolize of...
 

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