Delving into the Middle Ages   1 comment

Willow Branch Blue White Recreation CoverDaermad Cycle (The Willow Branch is Book 1, Mirklin Wood is Book 2) is an epic fantasy that takes place in a largely medieval world. It’s not Europe. My Celts felt through a rip in reality and have been building their own world for 1000 years. They left Europe more than a 1000 years ago in our realm, so my Celts missed our Middle Ages, but on the assumption that they were headed that way anyway, I allowed them to develop their own systems along those lines.

The Middle Ages weren’t a monolithic time period. They can be divided up into smaller periods, each with its own unique characteristics and qualities. Furthermore, each part of Europe had its own historical development, traditions and customs. There was really only one unifying feature – an institution that encompassed all of Europe through most of that time – the Catholic Church.

Front Cover RedThe Middle Ages is usually defined as starting with the fall of the Roman Empire in A.D. 476, to invading Germanic tribes. The Middle Ages is commonly said to have ended around 1500. After this date, momentous changes occurred in European history that transformed the face of European society, and the development of the whole world. Fifteen-hundred was the eve of the Reformation, but it also marks the beginning of the discovery of the Americas by Christopher Columbus in 1492 and a sea route around Africa to India in 1498.

Shortly after 1500, the compass came into use, which radically changed the ability to travel vast distances out of sight of land and without dependence on clear skies to “read” the stars; it saw the introduction of gunpowder, which transformed warfare; and it was the start of intellectual forces that eventually resulted in the Age of Reason and the Age of Enlightenment in the 18th century.

Lela Markham is a multi-genre author published in fantasy and apocalyptic. Her books are available on Amazon and Createspace.

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Posted October 12, 2016 by aurorawatcherak in culture

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