Medieval castle, sword and shield representing noble violance
European History

Noble Violence in the Middle Ages; The Church Mediates

December 27, 2019

Noble violence in the Middle Ages was a huge problem that even the kings could not always control. Discover how the church stepped in, offering a unique solution: the “Peace and Truce of God” movement. Did it work? […]

Polish magnates 1697-1795 (Polish nobility)
European History

Becoming a Noble: Medieval Europe’s Most Exclusive Club

December 27, 2019

Becoming a noble in the High Middle Ages was no easy task. Nobles used safeguards such as bloodlines to maintain their elitist status. Discover why they became so exclusive, and learn of the unique privileges granted to lords. […]

Noble knights statues in wall niches at Buda Castle, Hungary
European History

The Medieval Nobles and Their Fierce Fighting Methods

December 27, 2019

Nobility underwent many changes during the High Middle Ages, and for the first time, knights entered the noble class. Thanks to new technologies, medieval nobles became known as formidable warriors. Learn of their methods as well as the benefits bestowed to nobles. […]

Sword and book (Image: Alex Kosev/Shutterstock)
European History

Literature of the Chivalric Knights

October 16, 2019

Most people have an image of the medieval chivalric knight: the hero with impeccable grace and courtesy, saving damsels in distress while jousting for sport. The chivalric code guiding the conduct of knights was embodied in a wide range of literary sources. Investigate the genre of chivalric literature, from “courtesy books” to romances. […]

Medieval market
European History

The Commercial Revolution in Medieval Europe

October 4, 2019

From the years 1000 to 1300, Europe’s population nearly doubled. This demographic growth led to urbanization, which in turn led to the Commercial Revolution, as Europe became involved in trading around the world. Europe also developed a more sophisticated monetization system during this period. […]

Medieval farm (Image: Unknown/Public domain)
European History

Medieval Farming Technology Transforms Europe

October 3, 2019

Europe witnessed massive population growth in the High Middle Ages, from 1000 to 1300. This growth was largely due to the refinement of medieval farming technology, such as the plow, which improved upon previous models, and resulting in increased efficiency and output to feed more people than ever before. Explore the key technological advances in medieval farming that made such a transformation possible. […]

The Fight Between Carnival and Lent. Painting by Pieter Brueghel the Elder [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
European History

How Europe’s Population in the Middle Ages Doubled

October 2, 2019

Europe’s population in the Middle Ages, between the years 1000 and 1300, roughly doubled. This fact may not seem remarkable to modern readers, but historically, it was unprecedented. Discover previous obstacles to population growth, as well as the factors accounting for this expansion. […]

Medieval knights (Image: Nejron Photo/Shutterstock)
European History

Introducing the Chivalric Knights

October 2, 2019

The High Middle Ages were home to a class of warrior aristocrats perched atop high medieval society, but these nobles were a far cry from the chivalric knights that one often associates with the era. Where did the chivalric ideal come from? Take a close look at origins and nature of the chivalric code. […]

Battle of Agincourt (Image: Chroniques d’Enguerrand de Monstrelet (early 15th century) /Public domain)
History

The Democratization of the Hundred Years War

December 1, 2017

During the first phase of the Hundred Years War, the kings of France and England tended to hire lots of mercenaries who were paid by campaign. When there was no fighting, the pay stopped. This caused serious societal difficulties because one of the last things you want is a lot of unemployed armed individuals. […]

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