When you hear the name middle ages you think about kings, queens, and all the glitz and glam. But that is only part of the story. Have you ever looked as far as what kind of castles they have. What about where everyone else lived, the country side. They weren't all kings, queens, prices, and princesses. Some had to live with not to great conditions. Let's figure it out!
Castles were a big part of the feudal times. Most royal families lived in a castle. The first castles were made of mud and wood. But over time evolved to what we know about! Castles used watchtowers to keep track of enemies. They had narrow slits of windows are just big enough to let in air and light but small enogh to keep ot arrows and other missles. In the middle ages you had to be safe about weapons and make sure your castle was protective. Castles would have big ditches all around it so intruders couldnt reach your castle. Anyone who got into the castle had to pass through the gatehouse. It had a iron-covered wooden gate that could be lowered if the castle had a guest. Usually a good place for a castle was on top of a rocky cliff. They did this so the castle was above everyone else. Castles also had to have a basement to be used as a storehouse for food, fuel, and weapons.
In some places in medieval europe over 90% of people lived in villages scattered throughout the countryside. For fun villagers played checkers, chess, and a game called blind- mans bluff. Wrestling, archery, and swimming were popular sports. sometimes jugglers, musicians and storytellers stopped in a village. Storytelling was a favorite past time. villagers home were made of mud and turf, with wooden frames. most houses had one room. Dirt floors were covered with straw or herbs.
Men and women went totally different ways in fashion. women continued to wear long robes. Men tunics reach to the ankle but got much shorter over the years, by the fifteenth centuries they ended at the waist! Men also wore tight fitting pantey hoses that showed off the shape of their legs. Yuck!!!!!
Formal schooling afforded several benifits like allowing religious indoetrination, teaching obedience, and teaching kids about the history and information about the future. You may think that school is no fun but in the middle ages only some kids went to school and they were considered lucky. Cirriculums included grammer, astronomy, logic, and mathematics but they had to include religion. succesful students were expected to recieve a well-rounded education. Education was for boys and men only, regardless of class or wealth. The work women did, did not need a education to do it.
3 Very Important Dates
In the 1000's Romeneque art and architechture arises during this time.
In the 1338 wars of the roses started. If you were rooting for one of the sides you would always have that color rose.
1096-1272 started the crusades.
In the middle ages most events happened in Europe. Europe is located North East of the world! Europe is West of Asia
Medieval Home Page." Web. 3 December 2014. <http://www.yesnet.yk.ca/schools/projects/middleages2000/>.Bibliography