This section is dedicated to the Medieval Period which dates from 1066 - 1485. Interest in Middle Ages Castles naturally progresses to the people who lived in and around them! People of the Medieval Period! What were their lives like during the Medieval Period? What was the Feudal system which dominated the lives of everyone who lived during the Medieval period?
Medieval Period - Kings and Queens
The Kings and Queens of England from the Middle Ages era fire our imaginations! Thoughts of the Medieval Code of Chivalry, Middle Ages Romance, Courtly love, Camelot and King Arthur. But what is fact and what is fiction? The list of Kings and Queens cover the first part of the period between 871AD starting with King Alfred the Great and ending with the Norman Invasion of 1066. This list of English Kings shows the direct descendents of the Wessex King - Alfred the Great. It then explains the Viking King of England - King Canute. This list of Kings ends with William the Conqueror.
Medieval Period - Feudal System
Life in the Medieval Period was governed by the pyramid-shaped Feudal System. This was based on the belief that the land belonged to God - but that the Kings, who ruled by Divine Right, managed the land and used it as they wished. But who ruled the Kings? The pyramid of power which was the Feudal system ran to a strict 'pecking order. It was possible to move up the ranks within the Feudal system and this is what everyone aspired to do.
Medieval Period Clothing
Clothing and fashion like everything else in the Medieval Period was dictated by the Pyramid of Power which was the Feudal System. Middle Ages clothes provided information about the status of the person wearing them. The early clothing of the period was distinguished by lots of different layers. Much of the time was spent outdoors or in draughty, cold castles and it was necessary to invest in warm clothing layers for both men and women.
Medieval Period Food and Drink
What was food and drink like during the Medieval Period? How was the food prepared and preserved and did people in the Middle Ages era eat a balanced diet? Middle Ages food served in castles included a vast range of different meat and fish. The meats included venison, beef, pork, lamb, rabbit, hare, mutton, swans and poultry. The range of fish included herring, salmon, eel, plaice, cod, trout and pike.
Medieval Period Occupations
Details, facts and information about occupations in the Middle Ages period. An alphabetical list providing the names and descriptions of all of the major occupations of the era
Medieval Period Guilds
There were two main kinds of guilds in the Middle Ages period - merchant guilds and craft guilds. A man would have to work through three phases to become an elite member of a Medieval Guild...
Medieval Period Women
The life of Medieval Women in the Middle Ages period was certainly not easy - arranged, loveless marriages, subservient to men, short life expectancy and constant child bearing!
Medieval Period Names
English names date back many hundreds of years to the Middle Ages period. The Meanings & Origins of Middle Ages Surnames are derived from the point at which they originate, their inception, source or root.
Medieval Period Musical Instruments
There were many Middle Ages Musical Instruments of this Period which fell into the following categories and are detailed in this section:
- Stringed Musical Instruments - instruments which were played with a bow or plucked
- Wind Musical Instruments - instruments which were blown like trumpets or bagpipes
- Percussion Musical Instruments - various forms of drums and bells