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Medieval Period

Medieval Period
Medieval Literature (c. 350 – c. 1475) The Medieval period runs from the end of Late Antiquity in the fourth century to the English Renaissance of the late fifteenth century. The early portion of the Medieval period in England is dominated by Anglo-Saxons, whose language is incomprehensible to today's speakers of English. That early portion is known as the Old English period. (It is covered in a separate section of this website.) The Old English period came to an end with the Norman Invasion of 1066. Alongside Anglo-Norman, Old English developed into Middle English. The Invasion put French-speaking people at the highest levels of society. Literary selections from various centuries will give you a very rough idea of the wide variety of literature circulating in Medieval England. 12th Century In the twelfth century, perhaps the most accomplished vernacular writer was an English woman named Marie de France. 13th Century 14th Century 15th Century

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Quick Facts About Medieval Times Medieval FoodAlthough most people bought spices from their local market, those spices had often travelled miles, from the Middle East and Asia. Some crusaders to the Holy Land brought back spices with them, trying to replicate food they had tried whilst en route to Jerusalem.From common spices such as cinnamon, to exotic and expensive flavourings like nutmeg and saffron, there were spices to suit every purse and palate in the Middle Ages, an era when the flavour of food was appreciated and extremely important.spices were often passed around during a meal, rather than being added during the cooking process. This meant that each person could tailor his or her dish to their own particular needs and tastes. Medieval CastlesNot all Dungeons were underground. KnightsFor centuries the chivalric knight stood above all others on the battlefield.

Thomas Becket Thomas Becket, Archbishop of Canterbury, was killed in December 1170. Becket’s death remains one of the most famous stories associated with Medieval England. In Medieval England the Church was all powerful. Medieval Literature Facts and interesting information about Medieval Life,specifically, Medieval Literature Medieval Literature - The Dark Ages and the BardsEnglish Medieval literature had, so far as we know, no existence until Christian times of the Dark Ages when Latin was the language of English literature. English Medieval literature was not written.

Middle Ages for Kids: History of the Medieval Knight History >> Middle Ages for Kids What was a knight? There were three main types of soldiers during the Middle Ages: foot soldiers, archers, and knights. Medieval Poems Poems during the medieval era were religious in nature and written by clerics. They were used mostly in church and other religious events. Medieval poems were mainly read by troubadours and minstrels. According to scholars, literature in the Middle Ages was international rather than local. Medieval People It was the colourful and interesting Medieval People of the Middle Ages that made this period in history so fascinating, You had the Pope and King with all the land and power, the Medieval Nobility and Military who protected the King from outside dangers in return for money and land, the medieval Castle staff who kept the castle operational whilst the Entertainers and Peasants entertained the Royals and kept the Kingdom running. Important medieval people that kept the society running were Craftsmen such as carpenters and Merchants who sold the goods and merchandise. At the bottom of society were the serfs and peasants who worked the fields and did manual jobs, but they were also important cogs in the wheels of a medieval Feudal system. The medieval military protected medieval castles from invaders and were usually controlled by the Nobility who built up their armies and trained Knights from an early age. Medieval Children Medieval Clergy

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. 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.

The Norton Anthology of English Literature: The Middle Ages: Review: Summary The Middle Ages designates the time span from the collapse of the Roman Empire to the Renaissance and Reformation, and the adjective "medieval" refers to whatever was made, written, or thought during the Middle Ages. The Middle Ages was a period of enormous historical, social, and linguistic change, despite the continuity of the Roman Catholic Church. In literary terms, the period can be divided into the Anglo-Saxon period (c. 450-1066), the Anglo-Norman period (1066- c. 1200), and the period of Middle English literature (thirteenth and fourteenth centuries). Linguistic and cultural changes in Britain were accelerated by the Norman Conquest in 1066, when words from French began to enter the English vocabulary.

Writings: Tracing the theme of love through the arts of the later Middle Ages The later Middle Ages in Europe (1150-1400) is also called Gothic Awakening, when Medieval towns and cities gained freedom from Feudal obligation. The Gothic era brought by itself new styles of architecture, music, literature, and art. Both secular and religious love themes can be traced in this era. Much of Gothic architecture was influenced by Abbot Suger who tried to make a connection between God and his form of architecture. Reflected light in precious gems and golden reliquaries would represent God’s spiritual being and walls of colored glass would represent the return of Christ. Worldly love depicted in later Middle Ages’ arts and music was influenced by the Courtly Love for the most part.