Medieval History Timeline
The Middle Ages were a period of tremendous political, cultural, and economic upheaval. From the barbarian invasions of the Early Middle Ages, to the Crusades and feudalism of the High Middle Ages, to the famines and plagues of the Late Middle Ages, Western Europe remained in a state of constant dramatic change. Dividing the time period into Early, High, and Late Middle Ages makes it much easier to study and understand this fascinating age.
The most commonly agreed-upon start date for the Middle Ages is 476 (first used by Leonardo Bruni). There is, however, no universally agreed-upon end date. Generally, the end date given for Europe is 1500, although this varies greatly depending on context. For most purposes, the Early Middle Ages are understood to have lasted from 476 – 1000 CE; the High Middle Ages from 1000 to 1300 CE; and the Late Middle Ages from 1300 to 1500 CE.
Just as the end of the Middle Ages overlaps and blends with the beginning of the Renaissance, so too do the cultural, political, and scholastic ideas of the Medieval era influence and shape the explosive artistic, scientific, and social progress of Europe’s “Great Rebirth”. By investigating the links below, you will begin to find out more about this dynamic, fascinating period that has had such major impact on the world today.