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Middle Ages History
Middle Ages encompass one of the most exciting and turbulent times in English History. The Medieval people of the Middle Ages were warlike, they have even been described as barbaric. The Crusades exposed the Europeans to a more refined culture. The elegance of the Far East, with its silks, tapestries, precious stones, perfumes, spices, pearls, and ivory prompted a change in culture with a new and unprecedented interest in beautiful objects and elegant manners.

But meanwhile the battles for new territory and power raged on in Middle Ages History. The History of the Middle Ages covers the major historical events which occurred during the period from 1066 - 1485. The History of the Middle Ages starts in England with the Battle of Hastings in 1066 which ended the period classified as the Dark Ages. The events in Middle Ages History continues down the timeline until 1485 which ends the War of the Roses, the start of the Tudor dynasty  and the emergence of the Renaissance.

Middle Ages History - the Domesday Book
William the Conqueror ordered this Norman survey of all the lands and possessions of England in order to assist with the Norman administration of England and impose relevant taxes - it was called the Domesday, or Doomsday, Book. It also enabled William the Conqueror the ability to ensure that all landholders and tenants swore allegiance to him - a major requirement of feudalism or the Feudal System

Domesday Book

Middle Ages History - the Black Death
The Black Death victims in the Middle Ages were terrified of the deadly disease. The plague held a massive mortality rate between 30 and 40%. Victims had no idea what had caused the disease. Neither did the physicians in the Middle Ages. Read about the symptoms, treatments, causes and effects of the Black Death in England

Black Death

Middle Ages History - the Magna Carta
What is the Magna Carta? What was the purpose of the Magna Carta? Why was the Magna Carta famous and important to the history of England? The charter is considered to be the beginning of constitutional government in England. The Magna Carta demonstrated that the power of the king could be limited by a written grant. The influence of Magna Carta can be seen in the United States Constitution and the Bill of Rights

Magna Carta

Middle Ages History - the Battle of Hastings
The Battle of Hastings took place on Saturday 14th of October 1066. The leaders of the Battle of Hastings were Duke William of Normandy and King Harold of William. The Normans win the Battle of Hastings and the Norman conquest of England follows. The section detailing the Battle of Hastings has some surprising facts and information about the event and also a comprehensive Battle of Hastings timeline.

Battle of Hastings

Middle Ages History - the Bayeux Tapestry
The Bayeux Tapestry is not actually a tapestry at all - it is an embroidery. Coloured wool was used to embroider important scenes which led up to the Norman invasion of England and the Battle at Hastings in 1066. What is the Bayeux Tapestry? What pictures are shown in the Scenes of the Bayeux Tapestry? What are on the Borders of the Bayeux Tapestry? What colours were used to make the Tapestry? Who made the Bayeux Tapestry? All of these questions are answered and the Bayeux Tapestry Scenes are described in this comprehensive section

Bayeux Tapestry

Middle Ages History - the Wars of the Roses
The Wars of the Roses were intermittent civil wars fought by members of the House of Lancaster and the House of York. Both houses were branches of the Plantagenet royal house, tracing their descent from King Edward III. The rivalry between the house of York and the House of Lancaster started when King Richard II was overthrown by his cousin, Henry Bolingbroke, Duke of Lancaster, in 1399. The Wars of the Roses subsequently raged from 1455 - 1485.

Wars of the Roses

Middle Ages History - the One Hundred Years War
One of the most important historical events of the Medieval era is the Hundred Years War.  The Hundred Years War was fought between between England and France and later Burgundy. What were the key dates of this famous historical event? Joan of Arc was a major figure in the Hundred Years War. What other famous figures were involved in this historical occasion? There is also a section which details a  Battles Timeline of the One Hundred Years War including the famous English victories at the Battle of Crecy and the Battle of Poitiers.

The Hundred Years War

Battles Timeline of the One Hundred Years War

Middle Ages History - the Great Schism
The Great Schism of 1054 was the split between the Eastern and Western Christian Churches. The Great Western Schism occurred in in Western Christendom from 1378 - 1417.

The Great Schism

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