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

Clothing in Medieval Times and Social Status

History - Middle Ages

Written by Tim Nash

It should come as no surprise that during medieval times, a big indicator of where you stood on the social hierarchy was your clothing.  Even today, clothes tell us much about where a person is in...

Real Medieval Life

History - Middle Ages

Written by Tim Nash

Our fascination with all things medieval comes from two places.  There are the very popular medieval faires where hundreds of people dress up in what is perceived to be medieval garb and feel like...

Medieval Kings - It Was Good to be King in Medieval Times

History - Middle Ages

Written by Tim Nash

Its good to be king

That is a famous quote that is associated with what the life of a medieval King must have been like.  It came from a comedy movie made by Mel Brookes called “The History of...

Medieval Knights - Good & Bad Knights

History - Middle Ages

Written by Tim Nash

The stories and images that have come down to us from medieval times have become so morally simplistic as to make them more parables or fables than genuine history.   Of the many...

Crime and Punishment in the Middle Ages

History - Middle Ages

Written by Tim Nash

The middle ages was a time of severe punishment and harsh torture for crimes that today would seem trivial.  People were beheaded and limbs cut off, vagabonds were often whipped and chained in...

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