Renaissance Origins and Life

In order to understand the origins of the Renaissance period, it is necessary to understand Italy at the end of the medieval period and the Italian city states that gave birth to the Renaissance age.  The Renaissance was born in Italy and later spread quickly to the rest of Europe, and there were many causes … Continue reading Renaissance Origins and Life

Crises of the 14th Century, Part 2: The 100 Years War

The 100 Years war between England and France over the right to rule tore apart two of Europe's most notable powers and often had tragic, horrific consequences.  An epic, late medieval power struggle began as the succession of the throne of France came under dispute.  Although England displayed stunning successive victories, the outcome of the … Continue reading Crises of the 14th Century, Part 2: The 100 Years War

Crises of the 14th Century, part 1 – The Bubonic Plague

There’s nothing like cheering up your day with a little light reading on the bubonic plague – the scourge that swept through Eurasia, the Middle East and Europe and eliminated up to 1/3 of the population as it went. Although precise death counts will never be possible due to inflated numbers due to panic, 1/3 … Continue reading Crises of the 14th Century, part 1 – The Bubonic Plague