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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.

Origins of April Fools Day

April Fools Day is known as a day for practical jokes and pranksters. The holiday dates back several centuries to the Middle Ages. For...

Martyrs

Martyrs exist in all three biblical religions (Judaism, Christianity and Islam). The most formalized of the three, Christianity, has created a hierarchy of saints,...

Breaking Medieval Myths: Swords

After disappearing from military significance after the widespread development of firearms, swords saw a rebirth in popularity with the advent of film. Actors like...

The History and Customs of February 14th

Millions of people celebrate this holiday this loved ones. Here is a look at why. Valentine's Day is just around the corner. Love it or...

Peeping Tom, Upper Crust and Other Sayings

Who hasn’t referred to the ‘real McCoy” or called someone nosy a ‘Peeping Tom’. Not surprisingly, all these saying have a historical background –...

The Invention that Changed Europe

Europe in the early Middle Ages was a place as Thomas Hobbes once said, where the lives of people were “nasty, brutish and short.”...

Jan Janszoon van Haarlem, the Dutch Barbary Pirate

Janszoon’s transformation into Murat reis took place after he was captured by the Barbary pirates during a raid on Lanzarote in the Canary Islands....

The Cycle of the Medieval Year: The Medieval Church Calendar

The major festivals such as Advent, Christmas and Easter were the highlights of a calendar which developed during the Middle Ages and would be...

The Byzantine Empire

Constantinople was the old Roman Empire’s eastern capital and it was built on the Byzantium’s Greek port. When the western part of the Roman...

Ancient Blessings: The Forgotten Contribution of the Monks

When Rome fell it left devastated land behind it. author Martin Palmer observes that by the fifth century much of North West Europe was...