Sir John d'Aubernoun, 1330

Knight armed for the joust á la haute barde, 1512

Medieval, Knights & Armor

German Sword

Martel de fer

The Medieval Era, also called the Middle Ages or Dark Ages came about as a result of the fall of the Roman Empire and the invasion of barbarians into the lands once ruled by Rome. It is a fascinating period, no doubt, and most people probably have a romantic image of it, being the era of chivalry, and brave knights in armor, kings and queens that lived in immense castles and gorgeous dresses and headwear for the ladies.

In reality, it was a time of brutality; slavery for many people who were not noble-born or members of religious orders. The castles had to be freezing cold in the winter and I'll bet those dresses made of vast amounts of heavy fabric were probably miserable to wear, and stunk in the heat of the summer. It was a time of the plague and all kinds of other human suffering, yet life still went on and was wonderful for many. The Polos traveled for decades from Venice through Europe and Asia, an astounding feat for the late 1200s. It was an extremely long historical period, in comparison to later eras, and has passed down to us absolutely exquisite art, music, and literature. I have volumes of materials from this era, and history books about it, too. Enjoy these awesome treasures!

Gauntlets

Helmet

Trumpeters

Books about the Medieval Era

Medieval Ornament, #335

Non-Fiction
Medieval People
The Medieval Scene: An Introduction to Life in the Middle Ages

Books with CD-ROM
Celtic and Anglo-Saxon Art and Ornament
Celtic Design
Full-Color Knights & Armour
Medieval Knights, Armour & Weapons
Medieval Ornament
Racinet's Historic Ornament

Racinet's Historic Ornament, #552

Art Books
The Book of Kells: Selected Plates in Full Color
Illuminated Initials in Full Color: 548 Designs
Medieval and Renaissance Fashion: 90 Full-Color Plates
Renaissance & Medieval Costume

Coloring Books
Celtic Stained Glass
Castles of the World
Celtic Fashions
Medieval Fashions

Medieval Ornament, #209

Medieval Ornament, #087

Medieval Ornament, #140

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Books written in or set in the Medieval Era

Medieval Ornament, #139

Medieval Ornament, #128

Books written in the Medieval Era
The Romance of Tristan and Iseult

Fiction set in the Medieval Era
A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court
The House on the Strand
Jurgen
Narcissus and Goldmund
Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc
Timeline

Fiction concerning the Medieval Era
Inferno
The Napoleon of Notting Hill
The Warden

Plays set or written in the Medieval Era
Everyman and Other Miracle & Morality Plays
Tamburlaine

Body Armor

Body Armor

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