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Welcome to the European Middle Ages
Edmund Leighton painting.Wikimedia Commons.
Public Domain Image.
The years of the Middle Ages were a time of oath-swearing to leige lords and defending those oaths at all costs. The image above is deceptively peaceful and septic. Medieval times were anything but quiet and clean. This nobleman is being knighted. He is entering into a lifelong agreement to be on-call to defend his lord. Given longeviity statistics from the Middle Ages, his years will likely not exceed forty. Factors that contributed to the brevity of life from 400-1500 included plague, typhoid fever, malnutrition, famine, small pox, war, barber-surgeons, and an excess of dangerous occupations. Knights embodied allegience and fidelity. They were critical to the security of their feudal kingdom. This digital curation features medieval society, knighthood, and medieval warfare from diverse perspectives.