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An Introduction to the Middle Ages

The Middle Ages have long held a fascination for scholars and non-academics alike. It's easy to see why—the thousand or so years between the fall of the Roman Empire and the onset of the Protestant Reformation (c.500 - c.1500) was a period of extremes, by turns romantic and violent, chivalrous and clandestine.

There were constant struggles between factions of the church, as well as far-reaching wars across Europe and into the Holy Lands, but it was also a period that saw a great blossoming in art and literature, and the foundations being laid for the birth of the modern age. Whatever your reason for being interested in the Middle Ages, one thing is certainly true—you are not alone, and the modern fascination with the period shows no sign of abating.

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25 Most Insane Medieval Weapons

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Knights In Armour (1938)

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Knights in Not-So-Shining Armor

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The Crusades - Pilgrimage or Holy War?: Crash Course World History #15

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History Questions : What Ended the Middle Ages?

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History Questions : About Suits of Armor in the Middle Ages

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The Making Of Medieval Illuminated Manuscripts - Dr Sally Dormer

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