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.