Medieval Life

Articles on everyday life for royalty, tradesmen, and peasants in the Middle Ages (500-1500 AD)


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The High Middle Ages

The High Middle Ages were a period of incredible technological innovation, architectural design, and artistic production. Nevertheless, myths about the period’s backwardness and ignorance remain. Below is an excerpt from a book by medieval and Renaissance...
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The Middle Ages: A Comprehensive Overview of Europe, 500-1500

The Middle Ages were a thousand-year period between the fall of the Roman Empire and the Renaissance in which the foundations of modern European culture were laid. Many consider them a “dark age” of ignorance, but the educational, legal, religious, and...
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Who Was the First King of England?

The answer to this question depends on how you define “King of England.” After the Roman Empire’s decline, several Saxon clansmen and “kings,” as well as Scandinavian invaders ruled different regions of England and Britain. The kings who...

What Was the First Crusade?

The first crusade was a response to a very inspiring speech by Pope Urban II on November 27, 1095. At the start of the 11th century, Christians were often persecuted in Jerusalem under Islamic rule. Byzantine Emperor Alexios I Komnenos was also threatened by the...

What Were the Crusades?

The Crusades that were known as “Holy wars,” were military campaigns of the Roman Catholic Church during the Middle Ages. Pope Urban II was the first pope who inspired people to the take part of the first crusade of 1095. The Pope’s speech was so...

What Was the Black Plague?

The Black Death, also often called the “bubonic plague” was an epidemic of disastrous proportions that is said to have killed up to 50% of the European population in the 1300’s and around 12 million people in China in the 1800s.. According to...
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What Was the 100 Years War?

The 100 years war was a long series of conflicts that took place between England and France from 1337 to 1453. A lot of it revolved around property in France which belonged to the English Kings, but for which they refused to pay homage to France, causing the king of...
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Five Absurd Myths about the Middle Ages

The Middle Ages is full of historical myths. Many historians blame this on the rise of humanism and the Renaissance movement. Both of these cultural shifts encouraged society to look back at medieval times in disgust. Gothic architecture from the Middle Ages was...
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Medieval Life – Breugel’s Hunters in the Snow

Breugel’s Hunters in the Snow depicts an ideal medieval town site for several reasons: Trees Trees provide wood that is used for building, making fires and weapons. Hunters A town needs to be located near good hunting ground so that hunters can find...
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