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The Middle Ages covers an enormous period ranging from the Roman Emperor Constantine's conversion to Christianity in 313 C.E., through the early medieval period known as the Dark Ages, to Martin Luther's launching of the Protestant Reformation in 1517. Battles and tournaments, feasts and festivals are all here, making up an exciting picture of the era we know as the Middle Ages.

Archery in the Middle Ages

The training of the medieval archer and the use of the longbow and crossbow in medieval European warfare. The archer was a valued soldier in...

The Buildings That Made up a Medieval Monastery

A medieval monastery was viewed as a place of quiet contemplation, but was often home to dozens of men working in various capacities. Whilst the...

Aethelflaed Lady of the Mercians

Aethelflaed was a high-status Anglo-Saxon woman who lived at a time when few women held power or influence. She was a military leader and...

The Vatican Library – A History

The Vatican Library in Rome is a collection of Roman Catholic manuscripts which was shrouded in secrecy for centuries. The oldest texts date back...

Ale Production in Medieval Times

Ale is one of the oldest foodstuffs and has a history going back thousands of years. It was an important drink during the Middle Ages...

The Story of Martin Guerre

While identity theft may seem like a modern problem, it has been going on for centuries. This is one of the most famous cases...

The Greatest Medieval Empires

Today, it is usually understood that an empire is a geographically extensive group of peoples and states (ethnic groups) combined and ruled either by...

Cleanliness and Sanitation in the Middle Ages

The Middle Ages are often seen as a time when there was little knowledge about health and sanitation. But, attempts were made to keep...

A Brief History of the Catholic Church during the Middle Ages

The Roman Catholic Church sprung from a decaying Roman Empire and promoted health and stability in a medieval Europe torn by war and uncertainty. The...

Gregory the Great Leads Western Europe into the Middle Ages

Pope Gregory I is characterized as a superb administrator and pastor whose endeavors included extensive missionary activity among Europe's pagan tribes. Gregory the Great became...
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