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

Bishops in the Middle Ages

History - Middle Ages

Written by Simon Newman

The Middle Ages was a time in the history of Europe when society was structured on well-defined classes. If you were born in one class of the society, you belonged to that class for your entire...
 

Government in the Middle Ages

History - Middle Ages

Written by Simon Newman

Government in the Middle Ages - Feudalism

The prevailing system of government in the Middle Ages was feudalism.  Though the actual term “feudalism” was not used during the Middle Ages...
 

Games in the Middle Ages

History - Middle Ages

Written by Simon Newman

Like many aspects of medieval life, Middle ages games and entertainment depended greatly on social class.  Peasants are more likely to play games that require minimal equipment, but the...
 

Food & Diet in the Middle Ages

History - Middle Ages

Written by Simon Newman

Food in the Middle Ages was expensive and hard to preserve.  Its preparation and preservation changed little over the time period (5th-16th centuries).  The early modern time period which...
 

Farming in the Middle Ages

History - Middle Ages

Written by Simon Newman

Farming in the Middle Ages was done by peasants and serfs.  Peasant farmers made just enough money to live on while serfs had no rights and were all but slaves to the lords whose land they...
 

Famous People of the Middle Ages

History - Middle Ages

Written by Simon Newman

Famous people from the middle ages range from kings and queens, artists and writers, lords and nobles, merchants and clergymen. Here are some of the most notable figures of the medieval...
 

Europe in the Middle Ages

History - Middle Ages

Written by Simon Newman

During antiquity the primary ruling body in Europe was the Roman Empire.  The reach of this Empire was enormous, and despite the problems associated with this rule, it served to unite almost...
 

Education in the Middle Ages

History - Middle Ages

Written by Simon Newman

At the end of the Roman Empire Era, most of the educational institutes of Romans ceased to offer their services. Gradually, Education was not the main concern anymore and fighting skills became...
 

Clothing in the Middle Ages

History - Middle Ages

Written by Simon Newman

The clothing worn by men and women in the Middle Ages differed based on social standing, occupation, and climate.  In general, medieval clothing was practical above all else, particularly for...
 

Church In the Middle Ages

History - Middle Ages

Written by Simon Newman

The church in the middle ages played a central role in people’s lives as well as the state. The middle ages were a turbulent time marked by wars in which millions of lives were lost. The church...
 

Christianity In The Middle Ages

History - Middle Ages

Written by Simon Newman

The church became dominant in Europe following the fall of the Roman Empire. The only religion recognized in Middle Ages Europe was Christianity and specifically Catholicism. Christianity in the...
 

Chivalry in the Middle Ages

History - Middle Ages

Written by Simon Newman

Chivalry in the Middle Ages was a moral, religious and social code of knightly and courtly conduct.  The code varied, but it often emphasized honor, courage and service.  Chivalry in the...
 

Children in the Middle Ages

History - Middle Ages

Written by Simon Newman

Children in the Middle Ages, if they survived past early childhood, sometimes led lives full of turmoil and anguish.  Most children did not have the privilege of living the lighthearted and...
 

Castles in the Middle Ages

History - Middle Ages

Written by Simon Newman

Castles have a romantic connotation of princesses and princes, but real medieval castles more closely resemble fortresses than fairy tale illustrations.  That being said, castles from the...
 

Architecture in the Middle Ages

History - Middle Ages

Written by Simon Newman

The end of Roman Empire not only disturbed the political, social and educational culture of Middle Ages, but also, it influenced the architecture of the Middle Ages in a significant manner. The...
 

Middle Ages Art

History - Middle Ages

Written by Simon Newman

The Middle Ages have received their named based on the impression of a relative lack of progress and productivity in the length of time between antiquity and the Renaissance.  Despite the...
 

The Truth About Medieval Torture

History - Middle Ages

Written by Tim Nash

We have a love hate relationship with the concept of what medieval torture was really like.  On one hand, modern culture is predominantly against torture as a means to gain information or as...
 

Life of Peasants in Medieval Times

History - Middle Ages

Written by Tim Nash

When we enjoy entertainment or festivals that celebrate medieval life and times, it is the life of royalty, traveling bards, monks of knights that are most often the focus of our attention.  Few...
 

Medieval Foods

History - Middle Ages

Written by Tim Nash

Many of the philosophies of how meals are taken and the types of foods that are suitable for a family meal that we hold today have their origins in medieval times.  The image of a slovenly king...
 

Medieval Castles - The Changing Look of Medieval Castles Over the Centuries

History - Middle Ages

Written by Tim Nash

The narrow definition of what life was like during medieval times that comes from the entertainment industry is short sighted because it does not account for the fact that the middle ages was an...
 

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