Archive for the ‘Middle Ages’ Category

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Crusades Project

November 24, 2008

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The Black Death ~

November 24, 2008

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Bring out your dead!
Bubonic plague is the most common form of disease that spread throughout Europe during the High Middle Ages. The High Middle Ages consisted of the years between 1050 and 1450. By 1348, one in every three people died. This epidemic killed approximately 75 million people, 25-50 million of the deaths being in Europe.
All over the world today, there are various forms of what people would now consider the new “Black Death”. One example is cancer and another is acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS). Just like the Black Death, cancer can affect people of all ages; however, the older the person, the more likely they are to develop it. In 2007 alone, 7.6 million people past away from cancer throughout the entire world. Unlike the bubonic plague, cancer is not developed through a bacterium.
Acquired immune deficiency syndrome, commonly known as AIDS, is caused by HIV, or human immunodeficiency virus. HIV is passed on through any bodily fluid of the person carrying it, such as semen, blood, vaginal secretions, or breast milk. Transmitting this is possible through any form of sex, blood transfusions, contaminated needles, or any exchange between the pregnant woman and the baby during pregnancy, birth, or breastfeeding. In 2007 alone, about 33.2 million people were alive with the disease throughout the world and had killed about 2.1 million people, 330,000 being children. Although most of the deaths were in Africa, there are many people in other countries, including the U.S.A. with this disease.

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Medieval Games/Movies Compared to Reality

October 29, 2008

by Kristen Johnson

In medieval times, peasant women, men, and children worked every day and never had time to spend to themselves. They didn’t seem to lead normal lives like the movies and games portray. They actually spent most of their time working for their lords by repairing roads, farming, or doing chores. The knights in movies didn’t seem to be as well-trained  as they actually were. At the age of seven, a boy slated to become a knight was sent to the castle of the father’s lord. There, he would learn to ride and fight, as well as keeping his weapons and armor in good condition. The training to become a knight was difficult and discipline was strict. When the youth was trained well enough, he would bow his head before an older knight and be “dubbed”, or struck with his hand or flat side of the sword.castle!
There never seemed to be lesser lords or vassals. In movies, it always showed the greater lords and the peasants. The castles the greater lords lived in were large and housed the peasant workers. The castles in both movies and in reality were built of stone with high walls surrounding the area, towers to keep guard, and drawbridges to get over the moats, or water-filled ditches. All of the above were somewhat sufficient in keeping intruders or unwanted people out of the castle.
When the men went out to war, the women would take control of the house by taking care of the house and supervising the vassals to make sure they were doing as they were told. The woman of the house would also perform medical or agricultural tasks and sometimes even had go to war to defend her estate.

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Mideival Life Compared to Games and Movies by:Gustavo

October 29, 2008

In medieval times the life of a peasant was harsh. Men, women, and children had to work long hours everyday. The farmers worked according to the season. In spring and autumn they plowed and harvested. During the summer they hayed, weeded, repaired fences, and performed chores. Peasants didn’t have that many chances to take a break. The only occasions were they could celebrate were marriages and births, and the only time they had breaks were on Christmas and Easter.

In the medieval castles life was not how it was in movies and games because they didn’t have trenches filled with water and they didn’t have crocodiles swimming around the castle in the trenches. in the beginning life in a medieval castle was dull. In the castle you had little time to for your private life since you were constantly under guard. 

Then in 14th and 15th century life in the castle changed, it became luxurious and comfortable. The number of rooms increased, behind the walls there were wine cellars and fur rooms and salt stores, there was great furniture, and they had gold curtains