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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.

Fashion and Dress in the Middle Ages

Sumptuary laws established in the middle ages restricted clothing expenditures to maintain class structure. English laws governing fashion and dress were first recorded in...

Significance of Graduation Regalia

The cap and gown is considered standard dress for graduates at commencement ceremonies. The outfit has an interesting meaning and contains lots of...

Why the Protestant Reformation Succeeded

The “success” of the Protestant Reformation in the 16th Century may be a relative concept. The Reformation is generally associated with Martin Luther and...

St. Cyril of Alexandria

Failed-monk-turned-theologian Cyril of Alexandria (c.378-444) was a special embarrassment to the Church, though his role in the Christological Controversy over the nature of Christ’s...

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...

The Lives of Monks in the Middle Ages

The life of a medieval monk followed a strict pattern. The days consisted of a routine of religious services, manual labour, and sleep,...

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...

Battlefield! What caused the Battle of Shrewsbury in 1403?

Battlefield, in Shrewsbury, is the site of an important battle that occurred in 1403. The stakes were high and the timing was potentially disastrous...

The Occupation of Chandler in the Middle Ages

Candles have been used as a light source for at least 5,000 years. During medieval times, candles were the only source of light apart...

Thomas Fuller and the Crusades

Perhaps before entering into any analysis of both the character and craft of Thomas Fuller, it would be a good idea to provide some...
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