By Hywel Williams
The 500 years that separate the mid-tenth century from the mid-15th century represent a serious and formative interval within the background of Europe.
This was once the age of the procedure of criminal and armed forces legal responsibility referred to as 'feudalism', and of the beginning and consolidation of robust kingdoms in England, France and Spain; it used to be an period of urbanization and the growth of alternate, of the construction of the nice Romanesque and Gothic cathedrals, of courtly romance and the paintings of the troubadour, and of the founding of celebrated seats of studying in Paris, Oxford and Bologna. however it was once additionally an epoch characterized by means of brutal army experience within the launching of armed pilgrimages to free up Jerusalem from Muslim regulate, of the brutal dynastic clash of the Hundred Years' struggle and of the devastating pandemic of the Black demise.
In a chain of scholarly yet available articles - followed via an array of lovely and real pictures of the period, plus timelines, maps, boxed good points and reveal charges - exceptional historian Hywel Williams sheds revelatory mild on each element of a wealthy and complicated interval of ecu heritage. Ottonians and Salians; upward thrust of the Capetians; Normans in England; delivery of the city-states; The Normans in Sicily; the 1st campaign; The Investiture contest; The Hohenstaufen; The Angevin Empire; 12th-century Renaissance; Triumph of the Capetians; The 3rd campaign; The Albigensian campaign; the honor of Islamic Spain; the dominion of Naples; The Hundred Years warfare I; The Hundred Years battle II; Avignon and the Schism; The Golden Age of Florence; The Reconquista; Popes, Saints and Heretics; Medieval society; Medieval tradition; Medieval struggle.