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Middle Ages Facts for Kids: Medieval Times
Facts of the Middle Ages for kids provide a short overview about the lives of important people and major events that took place during Medieval times. Interesting, short facts for kids with access to more detailed facts and information about specific subjects. The Middle Ages Facts for kids during the Medieval period covers the major historical events which happened from 1066 - 1485. There are short, interesting Middles Ages Facts about famous Medieval people such as kings, queens, monks, nuns and nobles major historical Medieval events including the Battle of Hasting, the Doomsday Book, the Magna Carta, the Black Death and the Wars of the Roses.

Middle Ages Facts for Kids

Middle Ages Facts for kids starts with the 1066 Battle of Hastings, which ended the period classified as the Dark Ages. The events in Middle Ages Facts continues until 1485 as the Medieval era of the Middle Ages ends with the War of the Roses and the start of the Tudor dynasty and the Renaissance period.

     
   

Middle Ages Facts for Kids: The Medieval Period
The list of short Middle Ages Facts for Kids reflect Life during Medieval Times.  The Middle Ages Facts for Kids include interesting information about famous people and important Medieval events:

  • Fact 1: The Medieval Daily life in the Middle ages was dictated by wealth, power and status and the feudal system. It is referred to as the Pyramid of Power.
  • Fact 2: The Feudal System, or Feudalism, adhered to a strict 'pecking' order during the Medieval period of the Middle Ages when everyone knew their place. The land was worked by the serfs, or peasants. The serfs belonged to the land and could not leave without permission from the Lord of the Manor who was called a Vassal or Liege.
  • Fact 3: The land owned by the Medieval vassal or Liege varied in size but were typically between 1200 - 1800 acres. The Medieval vassals held total power over the lives of the serfs and peasants, and held privileges including Hunting and Judicial rights.
  • Fact 4: The Lord of the Manor lived in a Manor House that generally consisted of a Great Hall, solar, kitchen, storerooms and servants quarters.
  • Fact 5: The Lady of the manor was a figure of authority and had to take over the running of the manor when her husband was away
  • Fact 6: The Medieval Serfs were peasants who worked his lord's land and paid him dues in return for the use of land. Medieval Serfs were expected to work for approximately 3 days each week on the lord of the manor's land.
  • Fact 7: A medieval Knight in the Middle Ages was recognised by society as a man who possessed great combat skills and who adhered to the Code of Chivalry. Knights generally came from a noble, or wealthy, family
  • Fact 8: The Medieval Squire was a servant to a knight during the Middle Ages. The duties of a Squire who was training to become a knight, were to learn about Chivalry, the rules of Heraldry, horsemanship and practise the use of weapons and the skills required of a Knight
  • Fact 9: A disgraced Knight had his spurs hacked off and his shield was hung upside down as a sign of dishonor
  • Fact 10: Jousts: Knights fought as individuals in tournaments but there would also be team events. There were many different types of Jousting Tournaments during the Middle Ages which each had a different type of combat method.
  • Fact 11: Knights often wore ladies "favors", usually a scarf, veil, or sleeve, when jousting
  • Fact 12: Courtly love: There were strict rules of courtly love which was practised by the members of the courts across Europe during the Middle Ages
  • Fact 13: The Medieval church in the Middle Ages was totally exempt from paying taxes and the church became the most powerful institution in the world.
  • Fact 14: All Medieval monks were clean shaven during the Middle Ages. They were distinguished by their partly shaven hair called tonsures. Any man, rich or poor, noble or peasant could become a Medieval monk.
  • Fact 15: Many women were placed into convents by their families. The Church received a dowry from the parents of the nun which added wealth to the convent or nunnery.
  • Fact 16: An anchoress, was incarcerated, or enclosed, in a cell and was essentially dead to the World.
  • Fact 17: Kings: The Norman dynasty (1066 -1154) included four Kings of England in the Middle Ages. The Plantagenet Kings of England (1154 - 1377) included seven Medieval Kings of England in the Middle Ages
  • Fact 18: William the Conqueror won the Battle of Hastings in 1066. He building great castles in England, including the Tower of London.
  • Fact 19: William the Conqueror initiated the Domesday Book which was a survey of his newly conquered lands and possessions in England.
  • Fact 20: King Richard the Lionheart was famous for leading of the Third Crusade where he fought against Saladin, the Muslim leader.
  • Fact 21: Wars of the Roses: The First Battle of St Albans on May 22, 1455 was the start of Civil war in England called the Wars of the Roses
  • Fact 22: King Richard III was defeated at Bosworth Field by Henry Tudor ending the Plantagenet dynasty and the Wars of the Roses and heralded the Tudor dynasty
  • Fact 23: The the Black Death was a terrible plague started in Europe in 1328 and lasted until 1351 although there were outbreaks for the next 60 years. The Black Death was spread by fleas that were carried by rats or other small rodents
  • Fact 24: The one Hundred Years War between England and France raged from 1337 - 1453
  • Fact 25: The Peasants Revolt erupted in 1381 during the reign of 14 year old King Richard II. The Peasants Revolt was led by Wat Tyler, Jack Straw and John Bull who were all executed
  • Fact 26: The Crusades were a series of Holy Wars launched by the Christian states of Europe started in 1095 against the Saracens and ended in 1272

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