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!




Books about the Medieval Era

Medieval Ornament, #335

The Book of Beasts: Being a Translation from a Latin Bestiary of the Twelfth Century
Myths and Legends of China
The Knights Templar and Other Secret Societies of the Middle Ages
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
Meyrick's Medieval Knights and Armour
Pictorial Encyclopedia of Historic Costume: 1200 Full-Color Plates
Renaissance & Medieval Costume
Visions of Camelot: Great Illustrations of King Arthur and His Court
William Blake's Divine Comedy Illustrations: 102 Full-Color Plates

Coloring Books
The Adventures of King Arthur
Celtic Stained Glass
Castles of the World
Celtic Fashions
Knights and Armor
Medieval Fashions
Spanish and Moorish Fashions
Viking Designs Stained Glass

Medieval Ornament, #209

Medieval Ornament, #087

Medieval Ornament, #140

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Books written or set in the Medieval Era

Medieval Ornament, #139

Medieval Ornament, #128

Books written in the Medieval Era
Arthurian Romances
The Romance of Tristan and Iseult
Sir Gawain and the Green Knight
Tales of the Samurai
The Travels of Ibn Battuta in the Near East, Asia and Africa, 1325-1354

Fiction set in the Medieval Era
The Black Arrow: A Tale of the Two Roses
A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court
The Haunted Monastery and The Chinese Maze Murders
The House on the Strand
Narcissus and Goldmund
Otto of the Silver Hand
Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc
Puck of Pook's Hill
Rewards and Fairies
Sir Nigel
The White Company
Sets, Series or Collections
The King Arthur Books
New Arabian Nights

Fiction concerning the Medieval Era
The Napoleon of Notting Hill
The Warden
Traditional Irish Fairy Tales

Body Armor

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

Body Armor

Medieval Poetry
The Divine Comedy
The Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám
The Ship of Fools

See Also
King Arthur and Friends

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