Medieval Life

The Middle Ages: A Comprehensive Overview of Europe, 500-1500

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...
Medieval Life – Breugel’s Hunters in the Snow

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...

Medieval Life – Bibliography

Life in the Middle Ages – Mrs Sundra’s Class Medieval Guilds – Gloria Betcher Medieval Life in the Hundred Years’ War – DENO Partnership Medieval Life – Medieval Life Net Medieval Studies– Online Reference Book Middle...

Crime and Medieval Punishment

Throughout the medieval period it was believed that the only way to keep order was to make sure that the people were scared of the punishments given for crimes committed. For this reason all crimes from stealing to burglary of houses to murder had harsh punishments....
Medieval Life – Housing

Medieval Life – Housing

The only type of medieval house that survive today are those of the wealthy. They have survived because they were made out of stone. The Medieval House in the Early Medieval Period – Noblemen and Women This medieval cottage from the thirteenth century, has been...
Medieval Food: From Peasant Porridge to King’s Mutton

Medieval Food: From Peasant Porridge to King’s Mutton

Listen to the audio of this podcast on medieval food here: Medieval food was often plain due to scarcity of resources and limited trade, but on celebratory occasions among the nobility the food could become decadent. The picture above shows a Norman lord dining in the...
Medieval Clothing: Making a Statement in the Middle Ages

Medieval Clothing: Making a Statement in the Middle Ages

For more information on medieval clothing and other counter-intuitive facts of ancient and medieval history, see Anthony Esolen’s The Politically Incorrect Guide to Western Civilization.   King Edgar of England from 959–975 What you wore depended on who you were...
Medieval Castle Defense and Assault

Medieval Castle Defense and Assault

Listen to the audio of this post here: The feudal system depended on protecting farms and the countryside, and the key to a kingdom’s defense was its castle. Likewise, taking over a kingdom meant conquering its castles, and doing so was the most challenging...
The Medieval Castle: Four Different Types

The Medieval Castle: Four Different Types

Medieval castle of Bodiam; East Sussex England UK, by WyrdLight.com. The medieval castle was the foundation of military defense for nearly a millennium. Kingdoms were caught up in an arms race to build wood and stone structures that were most effective in halting...
Medieval Farming and the Farming Year

Medieval Farming and the Farming Year

Medieval farming could be summarized as endless work. For a serf on an estate, there was always something that needed doing. Sloth was not tolerated because if the harvest failed, the whole village could face starvation in the winter. That is not to say that the tasks...
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