The Horrible, Miserable Middle Ages: The Disgusting Details about Life During Medieval Times by Kathy AllenLiving up to the series title, these books expose the nasty side of history. Each title opens with a brief overview and time line, followed by two- to three-page chapters that discuss the dirty and disgusting conditions that were prevalent in the past. Topics include excretion and sanitation, spoiled food, grisly medical procedures, bug infestations, and early death. Large illustrations and photos, that are dramatic but not overly explicit, add to the texts. These books, which prove that the good old days never existed, are gross enough to be surefire hits.
The Dark Ages (Documentary)
10 things you (probably) didn’t know about the Middle Ages
Hand-held agricultural tool with a variously curved blade typically used for harvesting grain crops or cutting succulent forage either freshly cut or dried as hay used chiefly to feed livestock. The High Middle Ages was a period of tremendous expansion of population. The estimated population of Europe grew from 35 to 80 million between and , but the exact causes remain unclear; improved agricultural techniques, the decline of slaveholding, a warmer climate, and the lack of invasion have all been suggested. Many were no longer settled in isolated farms but had gathered into small communities, usually known as manors or villages. These peasants were often subject to noble overlords and owed them rents and other services, in a system known as manorialism. There remained a few free peasants throughout this period and beyond, with more of them in the regions of southern Europe than in the north.
The life of all the classes was dominated by the feudal system - feudalism. What was Village life like during the middle ages? Life in a manor and the Lord of the Manor during the Middle Ages. The life of women during the Middle Ages - peasants, lords, princess and Kings. The jobs and occupations dictated the quality of life during the Middle Ages and the medicine, entertainment and guilds of the Middle ages.
Under the feudal system, introduced by the Normans society was like a pyramid. At the top of the pyramid was the king. Below him were the barons or tenants-in-chief. The king granted them land and in return, they had to provide so many soldiers to fight for so many days a year. They also had to swear an oath of loyalty to the king and they became his vassals. The barons granted land to knights.
After the fall of the Roman Empire and before the Renaissance was a time period called the Middle Ages. There were many interesting events that took place in Europe during the Middle Ages, from the rising power of the Church to the rights of peasants and the role of knights. This age was a very important time for Europe and is responsible for many of the changes that led to the revolutionary ideas that sparked the Renaissance. Christianity swept across Europe during the Middle Ages and the Roman Catholic Church was, perhaps, the most influential institution of the time. Strict laws required people to obey the Church and to pay taxes to it which resulted in the Church growing in power. The Church also encouraged the giving of gifts in exchange for favors or for the certainty of being granted entry into heaven.
Daily life during the Middle Ages is sometimes hard to fathom. Pop culture loves to focus on exciting medieval moments-heroic knights charging into battle; romantic liaisons between royalty and commoner; breakthroughs and discoveries made. But life for your average person during the Dark Ages was very routine, and activities revolved around an agrarian calendar. Most of the time was spent working the land, and trying to grow enough food to survive another year. Church feasts marked sowing and reaping days, and occasions when peasant and lord could rest from their labors.
But how much do you really know about the Middle Ages? Here, John H Arnold, professor of medieval history at Birkbeck, University of London, reveals 10 things about the period that might surprise you. The population of Europe increased hugely across the 12th and 13th centuries, with cities and towns getting much larger. Paris grew about ten-fold and London nearly as much in this period. In the cities, people had all kinds of jobs: merchants, salesmen, carpenters, butchers, weavers, foodsellers, architects, painters, jugglers…. Well, some people at least.