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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.

Royal Medieval Class Structure

Not even the royal families of Europe, the most powerful people of their time, could escape from being broken down into feudal class...

The Sport of Jousting and Medieval Tournaments

Jousting is often depicted in film as quite a romantic sport, with the lady gracing her champions lance with her scarf. In reality it...

Music in Medieval Times

The songs, musical instruments and performers who entertained all classes of society, from drinkers in alehouses, through to aristocracy in the royal courts. In...

Sources of Income for the Medieval Monastery

A medieval monastery is traditionally seen as a place of solitude and spirituality. Despite the individual poverty of monks, a monastery could be...

Ordeals in Medieval Europe

Medieval people struggled with lies and truth, as do modern people, but in their courts they could always stoke the fire, fill the cauldron-and...

Animal Executions of the Middle Ages

In the Middle Ages animals were tried in local courts for crimes ranging from theft and vandalism, to homicide and sexual perversion: after which...

Medieval Porridge or Frumenty

Porridge, a centuries old staple food, was originally the only way to obtain nutrition from grain, but with the arrival of bread, it...

The Medieval Manor

A medieval manor was an estate owned by a Lord of the Manor, granted to him by the monarch. The Lord of the Manor...

Life in a Peasant Household in Medieval Times

The medieval peasant is often believed to have led an idyllic existence, with a healthy country lifestyle, hearty food, and his own house and...

Medieval Church Corruption

Cycles of Medieval church corruption coincided with the growth of strong secular rulers and were only tempered by the appearance of reformist popes and...
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