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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.

Correct Terms for the Study of the Medieval

Middle Ages, Medieval Times - What's the Difference? What terms are appropriate in what contexts when discussing all things medieval? In this article, the most...

Bread-Making in the Middle Ages

Bread was a staple and essential part of the medieval diet. The type of bread consumed depended upon the wealth of the person...

Malleus Maleficarum: How to Torture a Witch

A handbook for the Catholic Church's Inquisitors. This article describes the authors and summarizes the facts within the handbook. The Inquisition was a form...

The Windmill in Medieval Europe

Windmills would change the face of Northern Europe and put an end to animal power usage. During the Medieval period, the windmill was one...

The Mysterious Voynich Manuscript, the Book That No One Can Read

What do people do when they have books or letters in a language they cannot read? They find someone who can read it or...

Could Anthrax Have Caused The Black Death?

While most people believe that the Bubonic Plague was the cause of the Black Death, there is some evidence that Anthrax might have...

Historic Torture Devices Used to Elicit Confessions

Around the 12th or 13th centuries drawing out confessions of those accused of witchcraft, people who were thought to be heretics, or individuals believed...

Town Government in the Middle Ages

Townspeople in medieval times had the privilege of being able to run their own affairs via the town council, through a royal charter...

Curious Tales of Animals Condemned within Court Proceedings

Throughout history, countless individuals were legally persecuted for acts of heresy, deeds of witchcraft, or other similar unholy activities. Surprisingly, the historical justice system...

The 14th Century Military Revolution

The nature of warfare changed in the 14th C as battles moved from being won by knights, to being won by the effective...
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