The term "medieval" is generally applied to European history. But every now and then it's good to remember that fascinating things were going on elsewhere during the Middle Ages. One such "elsewhere" is the continent of Africa, where some splendid civilizations thrived. And one such civilization left behind some mysterious monuments.
The study of humankind through its material culture, specializing in the period of the European Middle Ages. At its broadest, the period stretches from the 5th to the 16th century CE and refers to post-Roman but pre modern remains. The period covers the commotion caused by the fall of the Medival archaeology Roman Empire and cultures such as the Vikings, Saxons and Franks..
Recent research has given us a greater understanding of Africa's medieval past. At various times, some African societies equalled or surpassed European nations in culture, education and wealth.
Throughout the Middle Ages, Islam spread to most cultures in Africa. These sties examine Islam and other religions and myths in Africa in medieval times.
These sites examine various kingdoms, empires and other locations of interest in Africa during the Middle Ages.
Individuals and cultural groups of interest who made an impact on Africa in the Middle Ages.
The Medieval History page covers mainly European history from the 4th to 16th centuries. We cover all aspects of medieval life, from the life of the landless serf, through to the luxurious existence of members of the European royal families. Knights, saints, heroes and villains all feature on these pages.
The Middle Ages covers an enormous period ranging from the Roman Emperor Constantine's conversion to Christianity in 313 C.E., through the early medieval period known as the Dark Ages, to Martin Luther's launching of the Protestant Reformation in 1517.
Battles and tournaments, feasts and festivals are all here, making up an exciting picture of the era we know as the Middle Ages.
However there is a theory that codpieces also protected men suffering from syphilis, and the codpiece can be linked with the syphilis epidemic of the 16th century.
The medieval town of Knaresborough in North Yorkshire, England, is a historic place with an ancient castle, old pubs, the cave of reputed prophetess Mother Shipton and a fifteenth-century cave.
Whether travelling singly, or in a group, the medieval traveller often used pack animals either to carry luggage, or to ride upon.In the Middle Ages, the ass, mule and horse were used on journeys, and each of these animals had its own benefits and disadvantages.
Medieval women picked up their pens for many reasons. Among the most important was their need to cope with physical, political and emotional hardships.
Some of the great and lasting achievements of the Middle Ages and the Renaissance are the architectural wonders of soaring cathedrals and grand castles and palaces.
From the Viking invasions to the Crusades to the Hundred Years War, wars were crucial agents of change in medieval Europe.
Viking raids, and the subsequent Scandinavian settlements in the ninth and tenth centuries, had a major effect on many parts of Britain and Ireland.
Medieval History: This site includes stories from people escaping Florence at the time of the Plague.
Classical and Medieval History: Contemporary reviews of scholarly works (1990 to the present) in classical studies including archaeology.