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Art and Life in the Middle Ages
Illustrations and Script in Luttrell Psalter (4:04) -- Historical Art: Medieval Fashion and War Regalia (2:53) -- Historical Art: Medieval Farm Work (5:36) -- Historical Art: Medieval Harvest, Entertainment, and Monsters (5:19) -- Historical Art: Medieval Feast (4:19) -- Historical Art: Hunting, Falconry, and Weaponry (3:12) -- Illustrations: Daily Life in Middle Ages and Life of Christ (3:36) -- Illustration Art of the Psalms (2:02) -- Psalter: Priceless Work of Art (4:08)
Birth of the Middle Ages
Cameroon: A Living Example of Medieval Feudalism (3:16) -- Islam in Medieval Europe (3:38) -- Feudalism in Japan (3:38) -- Roman Empire and Dark Ages (3:08) -- Medieval Italy (4:03) -- European Renaissance (4:13) -- Fall of the Roman Empire (4:53) -- Medieval Fortified Cities (2:41) -- Fortified Monasteries (4:05) -- Monks and Monasteries (7:31)
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Byzantine Empire Topic Page
The Eastern Roman Empire 395-1453, with its capital at Constantinople (formerly Byzantium, modern Istanbul). It was the direct continuation of the Roman Empire in the East, and inherited many of its traditions and institutions.
Charlemagne Topic Page
Elder son of Pepin the Short and a grandson of Charles Martel, Charlemagne shared with his brother Carloman in the succession to his father's kingdom. At Carloman's death (771), young Charlemagne annexed his brother's lands, disinheriting Carloman's two young sons, who fled with their mother to the court of Desiderius, king of the Lombards.
Crusades Topic Page
In the 7th cent., Jerusalem was taken by the caliph Umar. Pilgrimages (see pilgrim) were not cut off at first, but early in the 11th cent. the Fatimid caliph Hakim began to persecute the Christians and despoiled the Holy Sepulcher. Persecution abated after his death (1021), but relations remained strained and became more so when Jerusalem passed (1071) from the comparatively tolerant Egyptians to the Seljuk Turks
Feudalism Topic Page
Form of political and social organization typical of Western Europe from the dissolution of Charlemagne's empire to the rise of the absolute monarchies. The term feudalism is derived from the Latin feodum, for "fief,
Holy Roman Empire
Designation for the political entity that originated at the coronation as emperor (962) of the German king Otto I and endured until the renunciation (1806) of the imperial title by Francis II. The term itself did not come into usage until several centuries after Otto's accession.
Middle Ages Topic Page
Period in Western European history that followed the disintegration of the West Roman Empire in the 4th and 5th cent. and lasted into the 15th cent., i.e., into the period of the Renaissance. The ideas and institutions of western civilization derive largely from the turbulent events of the Early Middle Ages and the rebirth of culture in the later years.
New-Style Empires and States 1500-1700
Overview of emerging empires, states, and monarchies.