Middle Ages for Kids

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The Middle Ages - 1066 -1485
The Middle Ages encompass one of the most turbulent periods in English History. Starting with the Battle of Hastings and the Norman Conquest - when William the Conqueror effectively took all of the lands from the Saxon English and gave them to French nobles. The English Middle Ages then saw the building of the great English castles, including the Tower of London, which helped the Normans to retain their hold on England.

The start of the Crusades and the knights of the Middle Ages, including the founding of the Knights Templar. The Domesday Book and the Magna Carta. The Kings and Queens of the Middle Ages including Richard the Lionheart and great Plantagenet Kings from Henry II (1154-1189) to Edward III (1327-1377). The Hundred Years War between England and France. The Medieval Kings and Queens of the Royal Houses of Lancaster and York and the Wars of the Roses and the role of the church in the Middle Ages.

Middle Ages for Kids

The Medieval Kings and Queens of the Royal Houses of Lancaster and York and the Wars of the Roses in the Middle Ages. The Middle Ages Feudal System and the terrible Black Death which really did plague the period of the Middle Ages.

Life in the Middle Ages for Kids
What was Life in the Middle Ages really like? The life of all the classes in the Middle Ages was dominated by the feudal system. What was Village life and general Daily Life like during the Middle Ages era?  The daily life of a noble lord, a knight, a noblewoman, a peasant, a peasant woman, a monk and a nun. The jobs and occupations dictated the quality of life during the Medieval era. This section includes articles about entertainment and Medieval sports providing History, Facts and Information about the sports, games and music played during this time in history. People in the era enjoyed various types of music and dance. Discover facts and information about the music, musical instruments, the troubadours and the minstrels.

The Middle Ages for Kids - 1066 -1485
The Middle Ages encompass one of the most turbulent periods in English History. For comprehensive details of all the articles refer to
Middle Ages Sitemap. The Middle Ages, or Medieval era followed the decline of the Roman Empire and the start of the Renaissance period. The early history of this era is often referred to as the Dark Ages.

Middle Ages Religion and the Role of the Church for Kids
Christianity, religion and the church played an important role in life and the church in the Middle Ages. This Middle Ages Religion section therefore provides interesting facts and information about the religious life in the Middle Ages including Religious Festivals, the Great Schism, The Great Schism, Daily Life of a Monk in the Middle Ages, Daily Life of a Nun in the Middle Ages, Medieval Monks, Medieval Nuns, the Anchoress and Anchorite, Monasticism, the Benedictine Rule, Benedictine Monks, a Medieval Monastery and a Medieval Convent or Nunnery.

The History of the Middle Ages with Timelines, Key dates and Events for Kids
The facts and information provided via the
Middle Ages History section provides access to the most important historical events of the Middle Ages period which are detailed in the pages about the Domesday Book, Black Death, Magna Carta, Battle of Hastings, Wars of the Roses, the One Hundred Years War and the Bayeux Tapestry. The History and Key Events of the Middle Ages included:

  • The Battle of Hastings and the Norman Conquest
  • The Bayeux Tapestry
  • The Doomsday Book ( aka Domesday Book )
  • The Magna Carta
  • The Hundred Years War between England and France
  • The Black Death
  • The Wars of the Roses and the Battle of Bosworth
  • The Great Schism of 1054 and the Great Western Schism

Feudalism for Kids
The most important and interesting aspects and facts about Feudalism in the Middle Ages have been comprehensively detailed including sections on the Feudalism Pyramid, Medieval Feudalism, European Feudalism, the Feudal System, Feudal Justice and the Decline of Feudalism. The emergence of Manorialism in England is described including sections on Manorialism, Medieval Manors, the Lord of the Manor, the Lady of the Manor and a full description of a Medieval Manor House of the Medieval period. Facts and interesting information about the people who lived under the system of feudalism and manorialism in the Middle Ages. The lives of the following Medieval people of the era include Feudalism in England, Vassals and the Oath of Fealty, the Fief, Serfs and the Villein, Farming in the Middle Ages and information about Feudalism and Knights 

Crusades in the Middle Ages for Kids
Pilgrimages to Jerusalem were made by people in the Middle Ages period who had been guaranteed their safety in the city. In 1065 Jerusalem was taken by the Turks and Christians were treated so badly that throughout Christendom people were stirred to fight in crusades. This Crusades section about covers the Crusaders, the Cause of the Crusades, the Effects of the Crusades the history of the First, Second, Third and Fourth Crusades. A History Timeline of the First Crusade, the Children's Crusade, the Minor Crusades.  A Crusades History Timeline, the Kingdom of Jerusalem, the Holy Land Pilgrimage and the End of the Medieval Crusades of the Middle Ages.

Middle Ages Knights for Kids
The Middle Ages era was dominated by the feudal system and the role of the Middle Ages Knights and their servants. Their life, living conditions, clothing, weapons, training, armor, tournaments and jousts. The Knights Templar organisation was also formed during the Middle Ages. Knighthood Training. Included in this section are Facts about Knights. The training of Knights during the period, the Steps to Knighthood, the lives of the Squires culminating in the Order of Knighthood Ceremony which occurred after about 14 years of training. The Knights Code of Chivalry, rules about Courtly Love and Knights Tournaments. Learn about jousting, the History of Jousting, Jousting Terminology and Jousting Weapons. Finally facts, history and information about a Knights Armor, Chainmail and his war horse called a Destrier. In fact, everything you need to now about the history of Knights in the Middle Ages

Knights Templar for Kids
The crusades saw the emergence of religious knights including the Knights Templar, the Teutonic knights and the Hospitallers during the Middle Ages. Refer to Knights Templar. The members of the orders of Religious knights were both monks and knights; that is, to the monastic vows of chastity, poverty, and obedience they added a fourth vow, which bound them to protect pilgrims and fight the infidels. This section details facts and information about the Middle Ages Templar Knights, the Knights Templar History, Knights Templar Banking, a Knights Templar Timeline, the Names of Knights Templar Leaders, the role of the Religious Knights, the Teutonic Knights and the Knights Hospitaller.

Middle Ages Weapons for Kids
Every man was expected to be able to use Middle Ages Weapons. There were basically two types of armed men during the Middle Ages era - The Knights and the Foot soldiers, who included the Archers. Medieval weapons and the training of soldiers during the period including a Knights Weapons, the Quintain, Pell Training, Pell Mell and the Butts. The Middle Ages Shields and the  Medieval Swords including the Broadsword, the Falchion sword, the Greatsword, the Longsword and the Scimitar. The different types of Polearms that were used as weapons including the Lance, the Halberd, the Pike, the Poleaxe and Spears. This comprehensive section then goes on to provide interesting facts, history and information about Middle Ages Battle Axes, Batons, Maces, the Billhook, Caltrops, the Flail, the Quarterstaff, the Warhammer, the Longbow, the Crossbow and other types of Bows and their arrows.

Medieval Siege Weapons for Kids
Medieval Siege Weapons used during the Middle Ages period were the Ballista, Catapult, Mangonel, Battering Ram, Siege Tower and the awesome Trebuchet. A brief description of each of the major siege weapons and engines are described in this section. Gain an understanding of Siege Warfare and Siege Weapon Design. What happened when a castle or town came under siege. The use of the Siege Tower,  Catapults and the mysterious Greek Fire are also included in this section.

Middle Ages Castles for Kids
This section detailing interesting facts, history and information about Middle Ages Castles illustrate the strength, magnificence and power of the Medieval warlords and their fortresses. This section of details the History, Development and Architecture of Middle Ages Castles, Famous Castles, the Castles built by the Normans, Motte and Bailey castles, the Concentric Castles built by King Edward I and Defending, Destroying and Attacking Castles during the Middle Ages period.

Middle Ages Torture
We are all horrified and at the same time fascinated by Middle Ages Torture. The castles of the Middle Ages era with their dark dungeons increase the growing curiosity about torture during the Medieval period. The torture chambers and the various torture devices used during the era are described in this section including the Rack Torture, Scavengers Daughter, The Brank or Scold's Bridle, Ducking Stool, Torture by Dislocation, Iron Balls Torture, Water Torture, The Boot Torture, Branding and Burning Tortures, Brodequins, Thumbscrews and the Pillory. Different types of execution methods are also described including being Burned at the Stake, Execution by Quartering, Execution by the Wheel, Execution by Hanging and being Hung, Drawn and Quartered.

History of the Famous People for Kids
The history and biographies of famous Middle Ages People and details of the key dates and events in their lives. Famous historical people of the Middle Ages era were great nobles, religious leaders, artists, scientists, military leaders, inventors and explorers including:

Marco PoloKublai KhanJohann GutenbergFrederick BarbarossaThomas Becket
Joan of ArcPeter the HermitRobert the BruceWilliam WallaceThomas Aquinas
Roger BaconJack CadeLambert SimnelPerkin WarbeckEl Cid
TamerlaneWilliam TellJohn of GauntPeter AbelardBlondel the Minstrel

Other famous people of the Middle Ages with a short biography include Geoffrey of Monmouth, Saladin, Robin Hood, Donatello, Godfrey of Bouillon, Tancred de Hauteville, Giotto di Bondone, Hereward the Wake, Albertus Magnus, Leon Battista Alberti, Erasmus, Jan Hus, Cimabue, John Wycliffe, King Louis IX, William of Ockham, Vlad Dracula and Simon de Montfort. History and biographies of famous people - the Medieval heroes and villains of the Middle Ages.

Middle Ages Clothing for Kids
The Middle Ages Clothing costumes and fashion like everything else was dictated by the Pyramid of Power which was the Feudal System. Middle Ages clothes and costumes provided information about the status of the person wearing them. This section provides information about the type of clothes and fashions worn during the Middle Ages era. Interesting history, facts and information about Clothing, fashion and costumes are detailed in this section: Sumptuary Laws, History of Fashion, Medieval Fashion, Ladies Dresses, Medieval Knight Clothing, Medieval Lord Clothing, Medieval Peasant Clothing, Medieval Kings Clothing, Medieval Women's Clothing, Monks Clothes,  Nuns Clothes, Simple peasant dresses and the different hairstyles worn during the Middle Ages.

Middle Ages Women and Medieval Queens and Princesses for Kids
The lives of Middle Ages Women
were dependent on their role and status. All women were expected to be subservient to the men in their family. What were the daily lives of Middle Ages women like and what were the rights of women? The Middle Ages women section includes the history, interesting facts and information about Medieval Queens and Princesses. There is a biography containing key dates and events about the lives of famous Middle Ages Noble women such as Matilda of Flanders, Good Queen Maude, Queen Matilda, Queen Matilda of Boulogne, Eleanor of Aquitaine, Queen Berengaria of Navarre, Isabelle of Angouleme, Eleanor of Provence, Eleanor of Castile, Isabella of France, Philippa of Hainault, Mary de Bohun, Catherine of Valois, Margaret of Anjou, Elizabeth Woodville and Anne Neville. The names of famous Medieval women scatter the Middle Ages History books - they were mostly queens and princesses. But what about the Middle Ages women who were not of noble birth? Learn about the Medieval Mystics and the Mistresses, the Rich and the poor women of the Middle Ages period. including Anna Comnena, Heloise, Hildegard of Bingen, Julian of Norwich, Christine de Pizan, Jane Shore, Alice Perrers, Katherine Swynford and Margery Kempe.

Middle Ages Food for Kids
The people of the Middle Ages period loved their food and drink. What Middle Ages Food was consumed by the Upper and Lower class ? A typical Menu and some recipes. This section details the history and interesting facts about Middle Ages Food for a King, Spices, Daily Meals, Food Preservation, Food and Diet, Foods of the period, Cooking Food, the different types of Middle Ages Drink, Fruit, Vegetables, Bread, Meat, Fish, Game and Food Recipes in the Middle Ages.

Kings in the Middle Ages for Kids
What were the duties of the Kings in Middle Ages? Short, concise biographies of the Middle Ages Kings who ruled England. From 1066 -1154 - The Normans ruled the English after their victory at the Battle of Hastings. There are biographies and timelines of the Norman Kings, and Queens  of the period including William the Conqueror, King William Rufus, King Henry I , Queen Matilda, King Stephen, Henry II, Richard I, King John, Henry III, Edward I, Edward II, Edward III, Richard II, Henry IV, King Henry V, King Henry VI, King Edward IV, Edward V (ne of the little Prices in the Tower) and King Richard III.  

Middle Ages Timeline for Kids
A series of comprehensive Middle Ages Timelines of the Medieval period detail the major events significant to the lives and events of famous people and the Kings and Queens of England and Europe. In addition to the Middle Ages History timeline are additional timelines including a History Timeline of the First Crusade, a History Timeline of the Kings Of England, Knights Templar History History Timeline, Early History Timeline and a Late history Timeline of the Middle Ages period.

Definition of the Middle Ages dates in England - 1066 - 1485

Their is some variance in the views and definition of the dates which encompassed the Middle Ages period. We have included events in England from the Battle of Hastings in 1066 and ending in the emergence of the English Renaissance period with the Tudor dynasty in 1485. To put this into perspective, and for ease of reference, the periods in English history have been categorised as follows:

  • Neolithic - Stone Age ( 3000 - 1800 BC )
  • The Bronze & Iron Age ( 1800 - 600 BC )
  • The Romans (600 BC - 410 AD)
  • The Dark Ages - Anglo-Saxon England ( 410 AD - 1066 AD )
  • The Middle Ages - 1066 - 1485
  • The Renaissance Period in England starting with the Tudor Dynasty

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  • Middle Ages Life in Castles and Knights
  • Feudalism & Middle Ages History Timeline.
  • History of Middle Ages Castles  for Kids
  • Middle Ages Music, Clothing and fashion
  • Middle Ages Life and food for Kids
  • History of Middle Ages Kings & famous People
  • Domesday Book, Black Death, Magna Carta, Battle of Hastings, Wars of the Roses,
    the One Hundred Years War, and the Bayeux Tapestry for Kids
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