Chilling Facts About Life In the Middle Ages

By Olivia Smith | May 29, 2024

Bubonic plague

The Middle Ages, ranging from 500 to 1500 AD, contrast sharply with romanticized notions of knights and castles. 

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In the mid-1300s, the bubonic plague reached Europe as infected individuals and rats disembarked from merchant vessels into densely populated port cities. Over the span of 1346 to 1353, approximately 50 million lives were claimed by the plague, also known as the Black Death, marking one of the most devastating pandemics in history.

The Church

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In medieval Europe, the Church wielded immense power over all societal levels, influencing daily decisions and practices. Housing conditions were harsh for both nobles in castles and peasants in crowded, poorly maintained cottages.