The medieval times were some of the most influential years in the history of mankind. Lasting roughly a millennium, the medieval times saw the fall of the great Roman Empire in the 5th century, the conquering of England by William I, the rise of England’s greatest kings, the Dark Ages, and the Renaissance. Other notable incidences associated with this time period were the pandemic of the Black Plague from 1347 to 1351, the rise of Christianity, and the legend of King Arthur. Few time periods packed so much into such a small span of time.
Quite a lot happened in the medieval times. In 1066, William the Conqueror became the first Norman King of England, setting off sweeping changes throughout England. In 1099, the Crusades began. For a number of years, medieval Europe experienced turmoil as Kings died or were murdered. In 1215, the Magna Carta was signed. In 1280 and the following years, King John seemed to go to war with the Pope in Rome. And that’s just in the first hundred years or so! The medieval times brought change and evolution, shaping the world into what it is today.
- King Arthur: Almost everything you want to know about the Legend of King Arthur, put up by the University of Michigan.
- Joan of Arc: Provides a detailed history of Joan of Arc.
- Robert The Bruce: Offers information about King Robert I, of Scotland.
- King Henry II: Discusses Henry II, the first man to use the title “King of England” instead of “King of the English.”
- King Alfred: A short history of Alfred the Great.
- William the Conqueror: Discusses King William I, also known as William the Conqueror, who invaded England from Normandy and took the throne.
- Geoffrey Chaucer: Website of Geoffrey Chaucer, the first English Poet who wrote The Canterbury Tales.
- King John: A concise history of King John Lackland of England.
- St. Thomas Becket: Great information about St. Thomas Beckett, the chancellor and archbishop of Canterbury.
- Leonardo da Vinci: An interesting dedication to Leonardo da Vinci by the Museum of Science, it provides detailed information about the Renaissance Man. There’s a Multimedia Zone and a section called Exploring Leonardo.
- Medieval England: Shows what England was like during the medieval times.
- Canterbury Cathedral: Provides information on the Canterbury Cathedral, one of the most important pilgrimage sites during the medieval times.
- Hedingham Castle: Discusses Hedingham Castle, a valuable Norman keep during the medieval times.
- Nottingham: A concise history of Nottingham, one of the most important cities during the medieval times.
- Medieval Resources: Has many links to other resources, including links to places during the medieval times.
- Medieval Sourcebook: Provides information on some cities in medieval Italy.
- Medieval Spain: Highlights events that occurred in medieval Spain.
- Medieval Towns: Offers information on many English towns during the medieval times.
- Tower Of London: Run by Historical Royal Palaces, it has a lot of information on the Tower of London including its history, an events timeline, and even ghost stories!
- Medieval History of Scotland: A short history of Scotland during the middle ages.
Warfare, Weapons and Armor
Just as the medieval times saw changes amongst the people living at the time, art made significant evolutions as well. Many new styles of art emerged – Romanesque and Gothic architecture styles became popular, as did religious art. Some of the world’s greatest artists lived during this time. Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, and Simone Martini are just a few of the most famous names that come up when you do a people search!
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Daily Life and Culture
There are few eras in human history that have had as large an impact as the medieval times. Today, the world is still the living in the shades of the medieval times, which had passed so many centuries ago.