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What Is Medieval Poetry? (with pictures) Medieval Literature. Medieval Literature The Middle Ages saw the beginnings of a rebirth in literature.

Medieval Literature

Early medieval books were painstakingly hand-copied and illustrated by monks. Paper was a rarity, with vellum, made from calf's skin, and parchment, made from lamb's skin, were the media of choice for writing. Students learning to write used wooden tablets covered in green or black wax. The greatest number of books during this era were bound with plain wooden boards, or with simple tooled leather for more expensive volumes. Wandering scholars and poets traveling to the Crusades learned of new writing styles. Medieval Literature. Facts and interesting information about Medieval Life,specifically, Medieval Literature.

Medieval Literature

Popes in the Middle Ages. Written by Simon Newman History - Middle Ages Popes in the Middle Ages became central figures of power and influence.

Popes in the Middle Ages

During this time many people from all walks of life flocked to the Holy Land to see the pope. The Middle Ages - Popes vs. Kings. Popes vs.

The Middle Ages - Popes vs. Kings

Kings Popes In the Middle Ages the pope was the head of the Christian Chruch. Because nearly everyone went to church, the pope had great power. People saw the pope as God's representative on Earth. Kings In England and France kings inherited their thrones from their fathers. The Clash between Popes and Kings As popes worked to increase their power, they often came into conflict with kings. Middle Ages, Dynamic Culture of the Middle Ages. The European High Middle Ages, which lasted from about 1050 to 1300, evoke for many people romantic images of knights in shining armor, magnificent castles, and glorious cathedrals.

Middle Ages, Dynamic Culture of the Middle Ages

And to many people, the word medieval (Latin medium aevum; "middle age") wrongly suggests a cultural intermission between the classical period of the Greek and Roman civilizations and the Renaissance. Medieval History, Castles. The Middle Ages is a period in European history which, along with its adjective ‘Medieval’, was first referred to by italian scholars and academics of the late fifteenth century.

Medieval History, Castles

They were basically stating that the society in which they now lived was significantly more civilized and advanced in many ways, than that which had existed during the previous thousand years. This may have been true within certain elite sections of Italian society which had begun to emulate the art and philosophy of ancient Greece, but generally in Italy and Europe overall no all-pervading change had occurred. Historians since that time have, however, used the terms 'middle ages' and medieval as a convenient way to refer to that general period in European history.

Middle Ages. Becket Murder. Thomas Becket murdered at Canterbury Canterbury, 29 December 1170 Thomas Becket, the archbishop of Canterbury, was struck down by swords in the north transept of his own cathedral today as he stood by the altar of the Virgin Mary.

Becket Murder

His killers were four knights of the royal household, who rode here this afternoon and began a violent argument with the 52-year-old prelate. The archbishop struggled for several minutes with his assailants while a crowd of his men and townspeople who had come to attend evening song looked on. But when he realised that death was near, he bowed his head and joined his hands in prayer. The murder comes as the brutal climax to a prolonged quarrel between Thomas and King Henry II. On one occasion Becket, waving his crozier at the king, told him he had no right to judge him.

In his fury the king uttered a fatal cry: 'Who will free me from this turbulent priest? ' The Murder of Thomas Becket, 1170. The Murder of Thomas Becket, 1170 A sword's crushing blow extinguished the life of Thomas Becket, Archbishop of Canterbury, on a cold December evening as he struggled on the steps of his altar.

The Murder of Thomas Becket, 1170

The brutal event sent a tremor through Medieval Europe. Public opinion of the time and subsequent history have laid the blame for the murder at the feet of Becket's former close personal friend, King Henry II. Becket was born in 1118, in Normandy the son of an English merchant. His family was well off, his father a former Sheriff of London. Becket's big break came in 1154, when Theobold introduced him to the newly crowned King, Henry II. If King Henry believed that by having "his man" in the top post of the Church, he could easily impose his will upon this powerful religious institution, he was sadly mistaken. The Canterbury Tales. Looking back, it’s difficult to remember just when the idea came to create The Canterbury Tales, but it must have been around 1387.

The Canterbury Tales

St. Thomas Becket - Archbishop, Saint. Geoffrey Chaucer. Geoffrey Chaucer (c.1343-1400) Geoffrey Chaucer. Geoffrey Chaucer was born in London sometime between 1340 and 1344 to John Chaucer and Agnes Copton.

Geoffrey Chaucer

John Chaucer was an affluent wine merchant and deputy to the king’s butler. Through his father’s connections, Geoffrey held several positions early in his life, serving as a noblewoman’s page, a courtier, a diplomat, a civil servant, and a collector of scrap metal. His early life and education were not strictly documented although it can be surmised from his works that he could read French, Latin, and Italian. In 1359, Chaucer joined the English army’s invasion of France during the Hundred Years’ War and was taken prisoner; King Edward III of England paid his ransom in 1360. In 1366, Chaucer married Philipa de Roet, who was a lady-in-waiting to Edward III’s wife. History - Geoffrey Chaucer. Geoffrey Chaucer - Author, Poet.

English poet Geoffrey Chaucer wrote the unfinished work, The Canterbury Tales. It is considered one of the greatest poetic works in English. Synopsis Poet Geoffrey Chaucer was born circa 1340 in London, England. In 1357 he became a public servant to Countess Elizabeth of Ulster and continued in that capacity with the British court throughout his lifetime. The Canterbury Tales became his best known and most acclaimed work.

Early Life Poet Geoffrey Chaucer was born circa 1340, most likely at his parents’ house on Thames Street in London, England. Geoffrey Chaucer is believed to have attended the St. In 1357, Chaucer became a public servant to Countess Elizabeth of Ulster, the Duke of Clarence’s wife, for which he was paid a small stipend—enough to pay for his food and clothing.