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An Introduction to the Middle Ages

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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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Titles read: "KNIGHTS IN ARMOUR!" Florence, Italy. At an ancient palace in Florence we see a museum display of suits of armour. Some are posed against a background of the painting of 'The Battle of Vasari'. Two men in suits of armour walk towards the camera. 90,000 historic films, all SEARCHABLE on YouTube at: http://www.youtube.com/britishpathe Join us on Facebook at: http://www.facebook.com/britishpathe Tweet us @britishpathe FILM ID:1180.01
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In the Middle Ages, suits of armor served as the soldier's identity, as they were often very intricately designed and crafted. See examples of Medieval armor with answers from an experienced teacher in this free video on world history. Expert: Diane Winans Bio: Diane Winans is a teacher of history, English and other core subjects with more than 40 years of experience in Ft. Worth, Texas. Filmmaker: Kevin Haberer
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Tweet this video! - http://clicktotweet.com/i4tcb Although it seems to be a rule that the insanity of warfare only increases with time, even hundreds of years ago people were already fairly creative at finding new and improved ways of killing one another. These are the 25 most insane medieval weapons ever used to dish out destruction. https://twitter.com/list25 https://www.facebook.com/list25 http://list25.com Check out the text version too! - http://list25.com/25-most-insane-medieval-weapons Here's a preview: Gun Shield Sword Breaker Spring Loaded Triple Dagger Morning Star Trebuchet Dead Animals Scythed Chariot Hunga Munga Arbalest Caltrop Culverin Greek Fire Boiling Oil Pike Long Bow Broadsword War Hammer Battering Ram Hellburner Mancatcher Claw of Archimedes Shuriken Flaming Arrows Dead Bodies Lantern Shield
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In which John Green teaches you about the Crusades embarked upon by European Christians in the 12th and 13th centuries. Our traditional perception of the Crusades as European Colonization thinly veiled in religion isn't quite right. John covers the First through the Fourth Crusades, telling you which were successful, which were well-intentioned yet ultimately destructive, and which were just plain crazy. Before you ask, no, he doesn't cover the Children's Crusade, in which children were provoked to gather for a Crusade, and then promptly sold into slavery by the organizers of said Crusade. While this story is charming, it turns out to be complete and utter hooey. Crash Course World History is now available on DVD! http://www.dftba.com/product/1688 Follow us! @thecrashcourse @realjohngreen @raoulmeyer @crashcoursestan @saysdanica @thoughtbubbler Like us! ‪http://www.facebook.com/youtubecrashcourse Follow us again! ‪http://thecrashcourse.tumblr.com Support CrashCourse on Subbable: http://subbable.com/crashcourse
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The shining armor and jousts of King Arthur's knights only date back to the 1400s - but the round table, the chivalrous Lancelot, and the legend of Arthur are from centuries earlier.
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Illuminated manuscripts are some of the most beautiful artefacts to survive from the Middle Ages. Their production involved transforming animal skins into parchment; copying texts; painting and gilding minatures; and binding folios between boards, a process that reveals much about medieval scribal and artistic practice. The transcript and downloadable versions of the lecture are available from the Gresham College website: http://www.gresham.ac.uk/lectures-and-events/the-making-of-medieval-illuminated-manuscripts Gresham College has been giving free public lectures since 1597. This tradition continues today with all of our five or so public lectures a week being made available for free download from our website. http://www.gresham.ac.uk
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The end of the Middle Ages came about because of the black plague, the development of the printing press and the decline of the Catholic church. Discover the end of the Medieval time period with answers from an experienced teacher in this free video on world history. Expert: Diane Winans Bio: Diane Winans is a teacher of history, English and other core subjects with more than 40 years of experience in Ft. Worth, Texas. Filmmaker: Kevin Haberer