The sections below describe the details of important episodes that took place during the Middle Ages. Each episode includes a list of the key events and details about the people who took part.
|Edward the Confessor and Earl Godwine||1045||1053|
|Reasons for the Norman Invasion||1053||1066|
|The Norman Invasion||1066|
|The Norman Conquest||1066||1086|
|Background to the Crusades|
|People's Crusade and the First Crusade||1096||1099|
|The Second Crusade||1148|| |
|The Third Crusade||1190||1191|
|Stephen's succession to the throne||1135|
|The Civil War between Stephen and Matilda (The Anarchy)||1139||1154|
|The Conquest of Ireland||1166||1171|
Conflicts with the Church
|Henry II and Thomas Becket||1162||1174|
|Excommunication of King John||1209||1214|
Conflicts with the Barons
|The First Barons' War||1215||1217|
|The Second Barons' War||1258||1267|
|Edward I and Wales||1276||1284|
|Edward I and Scotland||1286||1306|
|Edward II and Piers Gaveston||1308||1312|
|Robert the Bruce||1306||1323|
|Isabella, She-Wolf of France and death of Edward II||1325||1358|
The Hundred Years War
|Edward III starts the Hundred Years War||1337||1377|
|Continues with Richard II||1385||1387|
|Henry V invades France||1414||1422|
|Henry VI and Joan of Arc||1423||1453|
The Black Death
|The Black Death||1347||1351|
|The Peasants Revolt||1381|
|The Lords Appellant||1384||13??|
The Wars of the Roses
|Wars of the Roses||1455||1487|
Q: What does the term 'Medieval Period' mean?
A: The Medieval Period (or Middle Ages) describe a period in our history.
Q: When was the Medieval Period or the Middle Ages?
A: They began in the 5th century (roughly between 400AD & 500AD) at the fall of the Roman Empire in the West. The Medieval Period lasted until the start of the 16th century (1500AD).
Q: How long did the Medieval Period last?
A: The Medieval Period lasted for around 1,000 years.
The overall Medieval Period is divided into three time periods; the Early Middle Ages, the High Middle Ages and the Late Middle Ages.