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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.

Feudalism in the Early Middle Ages

Feudalism, as a generalization, describes those forces in Western Europe during a period of transformation following the dissolution of the Roman Empire. The so-called...

Rings Were Prizes in Medieval England

Usually kings gave a purse of money at jousting tournaments, but in one case at least, ruby and diamond rings held a knights eye....

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...

History of Valentine Cards

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and soon men, women, and children of all ages will pick out valentines to send to their...

The Making of Catholic Saints in the Middle Ages

Medieval beatification and canonization were not always bestowed from Rome, holiness was recognized by communities and authorised by local bishops. As attested to by...

The Council of Clermont

Pope Urban the Second set in motion the First Crusade with his incendiary call to arms at Clermont in 1095. The Council of Clermont,...

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...

The Christmas Tradition of Wassailing

The word “wassail” originates from the Anglo-Saxon “waes hael” which means “to be whole or hale” and the phrase “hale and hearty” comes from...

The Glossators: The Revival of Roman Law in The High Middle Ages

The story of the rediscovery of Roman law by the Italian scholars of the High Middle Ages and their devotion to the Corpus Iuris...

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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