Medieval Times

Medium aevum -- Medieval or The Middle Ages. We think of knights in shining armor, lavish banquets, wandering minstrels, kings, queens, bishops, monks, pilgrims, and glorious pageantry...

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The Middle Ages (adjectival form: medieval or mediæval) was a period of European history from the 5th century to the 15th century. The period followed the fall of the Western Roman Empire in 476, and preceded the Early Modern Era. It is the middle period in a three-period division of history: Classical, Medieval, and Modern. The term "Middle Ages" (medium aevum) was coined in the 15th century and reflects the view that this period was a deviation from the path of classical learning, a path supposedly reconnected by Renaissance scholarship.

The Early Middle Ages saw the continuation of trends set in Late Antiquity, depopulation, deurbanization, and increased barbarian invasion. North Africa and the Middle East, once part of the Eastern Roman Empire, were conquered by Islam. Later in the period, the establishment of the feudal system allowed a return to systemic agriculture. There was sustained urbanization in northern and western Europe. During the High Middle Ages (c. 1000 - 1300), Christian-oriented art and architecture flourished and Crusades were mounted to recapture the Holy Land. The influence of the emerging nation-state was tempered by the ideal of an international Christendom. The codes of chivalry and courtly love set rules for proper behavior, while the Scholastic philosophers attempted to reconcile faith and reason. Outstanding achievement in this period includes the Code of Justinian, the mathematics of Fibonacci and Oresme, the philosophy of Thomas Aquinas, the painting of Giotto, the poetry of Dante and Chaucer, and the architecture of many great cathedrals such as Notre Dame de Paris.

# Middle Ages (Europe, 4th century - 15th century)

* Early Middle Ages European (AD 500–1000)
o Dark Age (Europe, 4th century - 900)
o Viking Age (Scandinavia, Europe, 793–1066)
* Asuka period, Nara period, Heian period, Kamakura period, Muromachi period, and Azuchi-Momoyama period (Japan, 538 - 1603)
* Southern and Northern Dynasties, Sui Dynasty, Tang Dynasty, Period of Five Dynasties and Ten Kingdoms (China, 420 - 960), Liao Dynasty, Song Dynasty, Jin Dynasty (1115–1234), Western Xia Dynasty, Yuan Dynasty, and Ming Dynasty (China, 220 - 1644)
* Classic and Postclassic eras, Central America (200 - 1519)
* Gupta Empire, Pala Empire, Rashtrakuta, Hoysala Empire, and Kakatiya Empire (India, 280 – 1323)
* Islamic Golden Age (Islam, 700 - 1300)
* High Middle Ages (Feudalism) European military expansion (1000–1450)
* Srivijaya (Indonesia, 3rd century to 14th century), Tarumanagara (358-723), Sailendra (8th & 9th centuries), Kingdom of Sunda (669-1579), Kingdom of Mataram (752–1045), Kediri (1045–1221), Singhasari (1222–1292), Majapahit (1293–1500)
* Chenla (Cambodia, 630-802) and Khmer Empire (Cambodia, 802–1432)
* Anterior Lý Dynasty and Triệu Việt Vương, Third Chinese domination, Khúc Family, Dương Đình Nghệ, Kiều Công Tiễn, Ngô Dynasty, The 12 Lords Rebellion, Đinh Dynasty, Prior Lê Dynasty, Lý Dynasty, Trần Dynasty, Hồ Dynasty, Fourth Chinese domination (Vietnam, 544 - 1427)
* Early Intermediate, Middle Horizon, Late Intermediate, Late Horizon (Peru, 200 - 1534)
o Huari, Chimú, Chincha, Chanka Confederation, Tiwanaku, Inca
* Late Middle Ages European (1300–1500)
o The Renaissance (Europe, 14th century - 16th century)

Discussion Forum

College of Arms

Started by Dept of PMM Artists & things Jan 31, 2014.

Medieval Tavern Names By

Started by Dept of PMM Artists & things Jan 31, 2014.

Becoming a Medieval Knight by Matt Ward

Started by Dept of PMM Artists & things Jan 31, 2014.

Dee, John 1527-1608‏ by Betuel-Lilith Sairalindë Elanessë

Started by Dept of PMM Artists & things Jan 30, 2014.

Phthiriasis: the riddle of the lousy disease J. Bondeson

Started by Dept of PMM Artists & things Jan 29, 2014.

Sex and obscenity in medieval art Leslie Smith

Started by Dept of PMM Artists & things Jan 29, 2014.

Anesthesia Drugs in the Medieval Muslim Era Dr. Ali Muhammad Bhat

Started by Dept of PMM Artists & things Jan 29, 2014.

Tempus Fugit By Danièle Cybulskie

Started by Dept of PMM Artists & things Jan 24, 2014.

The Universal Spider: King Louis XI By Susan Abernethy

Started by Dept of PMM Artists & things Jan 24, 2014.

Women, Gender and Lordship in France, c.1050–1250 by Kimberly A. LoPrete

Started by Dept of PMM Artists & things Jan 23, 2014.

King Edmund Ironside By Susan Abernethy

Started by Dept of PMM Artists & things Jan 19, 2014.

Youth and Old Age in Late Medieval London Erik Spindler

Started by Dept of PMM Artists & things Jan 16, 2014.

European Kingdoms Germanic Tribes

Started by Dept of PMM Artists & things Jan 16, 2014.

Reconsidering Agatha, Wife of Eadward the Exile

Started by Dept of PMM Artists & things Jan 12, 2014.

Lleision ap Morgan Makes an Impression: Seals and the Study of Medieval Wales

Started by Dept of PMM Artists & things Jan 12, 2014.

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Comment by Rev. Allen M. Drago ~ Traveler on March 28, 2010 at 1:03pm

Comment by Mrs. Peel on March 18, 2010 at 8:09pm
More to come..just thought I'd whet your whistle! LOL
Comment by Rev. Allen M. Drago ~ Traveler on March 18, 2010 at 8:07pm


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Patchwork Merchant Mercenaries had its humble beginnings as an idea of a few artisans and craftsmen who enjoy performing with live steel fighting. As well as a patchwork quilt tent canvas. Most had prior military experience hence the name.


Patchwork Merchant Mercenaries.


Vendertainers that brought many things to a show and are know for helping out where ever they can.

As well as being a place where the older hand made items could be found made by them and enjoyed by all.

We expanded over the years to become well known at what we do. Now we represent over 100 artisans and craftsman that are well known in their venues and some just starting out. Some of their works have been premiered in TV, stage and movies on a regular basis.

Specializing in Medieval, Goth , Stage Film, BDFSM and Practitioner.

Patchwork Merchant Mercenaries a Dept of, Ask For IT was started by artists and former military veterans, and sword fighters, representing over 100 artisans, one who made his living traveling from fair to festival vending medieval wares. The majority of his customers are re-enactors, SCAdians and the like, looking to build their kit with period clothing, feast gear, adornments, etc.

Likewise, it is typical for these history-lovers to peruse the tent (aka mobile store front) and, upon finding something that pleases the eye, ask "Is this period?"

A deceitful query!! This is not a yes or no question. One must have a damn good understanding of European history (at least) from the fall of Rome to the mid-1600's to properly answer. Taking into account, also, the culture in which the querent is dressed is vitally important. You see, though it may be well within medieval period, it would be strange to see a Viking wearing a Caftan...or is it?

After a festival's time of answering weighty questions such as these, I'd sleep like a log! Only a mad man could possibly remember the place and time for each piece of kitchen ware, weaponry, cloth, and chain within a span of 1,000 years!! Surely there must be an easier way, a place where he could post all this knowledge...

Traveling Within The World is meant to be such a place. A place for all of these artists to keep in touch and directly interact with their fellow geeks and re-enactment hobbyists, their clientele.

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