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Jews in Medieval Europe – History

By | 2018-04-18T23:33:48+00:00 August 24th, 2017|History, Medieval, Religion|

Jewish money-lenders in medieval France The Middle Ages in Europe were a difficult time for the Jews. Many Jews lived in Western Europe between about 1000 and 1500 AD, but all the rulers were Christians, and almost all the people who had any power were Christians. These Christians thought Jews were different and strange. They suspected Jews of [...]

Renaissance Science in Europe

By | 2017-08-07T21:36:38+00:00 August 7th, 2017|Modern Europe, Science|

Copernicus, a Renaissance astronomer Starting in the 1200s AD, as Europe got richer, great universities got started there. In the later Middle Ages, West Asia and India suffered from the Mongol invasions. West Asian people were too poor to send their children to the old university at Baghdad. In the 1300s, the Black Death killed so many people in Egypt that the old university at Cairo also didn't have [...]

Medieval medicine in Europe

By | 2018-04-24T08:21:21+00:00 August 4th, 2017|History|

Sick children from medieval Europe During the Middle Ages, most people were sick with something for most of their lives. Newborns were often born small because their mothers had not had enough to eat when they were pregnant. Babies caught dysentery and typhoid from drinking water with sewage mixed in it. About a quarter of all babies died before they were [...]

Petrarch – Late medieval Italy

By | 2018-04-09T10:31:12+00:00 August 4th, 2017|Literature, Medieval|

A portrait of Petrarch Petrarch (Francesco Petrarca in Italian) was born in 1304 AD in Arezzo, in northern Italy. His father was a lawyer, and when Petrarch was a teenager his father made him study law too. But Petrarch hated law. He just wanted to write poetry and read Latin books. Another young Italian writer who [...]

Boccaccio – Decameron – Medieval literature

By | 2018-04-24T09:23:18+00:00 August 3rd, 2017|Literature, Medieval|

Florence, Italy Most of the people who knew how to write in the early Middle Ages were monks. So most of them wrote about serious things like God and Heaven and Hell. Even writers who weren't monks, like Dante, usually wrote about Christian ideas. But Boccaccio was different. Boccaccio wrote about real people and their real lives. Some [...]

Late Middle Ages – history of Europe

By | 2018-04-11T09:13:14+00:00 August 3rd, 2017|History, Medieval|

Burying people who died of plague In the Late Middle Ages, the Mongol Empire brought peace to most of Asia, and encouraged trade along the Silk Road. Poland, Russia, and Italy profited from this trade. Europe was making more and more stuff to sell on the Silk Road, especially wool cloth. By the early 1300s, however, the Mongol Empire was collapsing, and [...]

Late medieval Russia – History

By | 2018-04-24T09:09:10+00:00 August 3rd, 2017|History, Medieval|

Church of Yuriev-Polsky (1200s) By the 1200s AD, Russia was weak from civil wars. So the Mongols attacked Russia and forced the eastern part into the Mongol empire. The Mongol empire made it even easier to trade across Asia, and the Russians continued to get rich from this trade. But in the early 1300s, the trade [...]

Late medieval Hungary

By | 2017-08-03T12:43:20+00:00 August 3rd, 2017|History, Medieval|

Mongols kill Hungarians at the Battle of Mohi (1241 AD) Hungary fell on hard times in 1241 AD, when the Mongols invaded Eastern Europe from Central Asia. The Mongols brought with them a new invention -  gunpowder from China. With gunpowder, they could win a lot of battles.  Poland, Russia and Hungary all fell under the control of the Mongol Empire. [...]

The Black Death (Bubonic Plague)

By | 2017-11-22T15:32:25+00:00 August 3rd, 2017|History, Medieval|

A person with a bubo from bubonic plague on their leg Bubonic plague (along with smallpox) was one of the most feared diseases of the ancient and medieval worlds. Nobody could tell what caused it. Most people who got it died within a few days, screaming in pain. And when one or two people [...]

Hundred Years’ War – Medieval Europe

By | 2018-04-12T00:08:03+00:00 August 2nd, 2017|History, Medieval|

The place where the British burned Joan of Arc alive in Rouen When the last French king in the direct Capetian line died in 1328 AD, the English king Edward III, who already held a large part of France, claimed the right to rule all of France - to be the king of the united empire of France [...]