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Europe in the Middle Ages episode 4 – Cities and Cathedrals

Europe in the Middle Ages episode 4 - Cities and Cathedrals: Historians considered for a long time the picturesque maze of alleyways in medieval towns to be construction planning gone haywire. New research reveals the surprising fact that many mediaeval towns were conceived on the drawing board by urban planners who were well versed in geometry, for the towns grew and offered a home to many people.     Even outsiders such as swindlers, beggars and charlatans found shelter, for…

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Europe in the Middle Ages episode 3 – Peasants and Nobles

Europe in the Middle Ages episode 3 - Peasants and Nobles: Most of the population in the Middle Ages lived on the land - a silent, suffering majority, who as serfs had to do soccage service and pay taxes to the ruling noblemen and were repeatedly exposed to famine and violent conflicts.     Fear of bears, wolves and demons or roaming bands of robbers were widespread and today, folktales and legends still give us an insight into the former…

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Europe in the Middle Ages episode 2 – Monks and Heretics

Europe in the Middle Ages episode 2 - Monks and Heretics: As centres of missionary activity and science, monasteries made an important contribution to progress. Here, not only theology was taught and studied, but medicine, mathematics, astronomy, law and philosophy as well.     With the translation of the ancient scripts into Latin, this knowledge was introduced to the western world. However, the monasteries were not only places of devout worship and chastity - intrigues, power struggles and love affairs…

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Read more about the article Europe in the Middle Ages episode 1 – Knights and Tournaments
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Europe in the Middle Ages episode 1 – Knights and Tournaments

Europe in the Middle Ages episode 1 - Knights and Tournaments : Picturesque castles, noble knights, minnesingers and troubadours - these romantic images fire our imagination in the generally accepted conception of the Middle Ages.     On the darker side of this world, there are gloomy castle dungeons, torture chambers and bloody raids and power struggles. The courtly culture of the armoured knights formed a caste with its own code of honour in which the art of war and…

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The Crusades – Victory and Defeat episode 3

In The Crusades - Victory and Defeat episode 3, Dr Thomas Asbridge reveals that the outcome of these epic holy wars was decided not on the hallowed ground of Jerusalem, but in Egypt. As trade blossomed between Christians and Muslims and the Mongol hordes arrived from Asia, a saintly French king - afire with crusading zeal - and the most remarkable Muslim leader of the Middle Ages fought for ultimate victory in the East.     Drawing upon eyewitness chronicles…

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