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The Middle Ages for Kids

The Middle Ages in Europe occurred between 500 and 1500 CE. It was the age of feudalism and manors, of lords, ladies, knights, serfs, and peasants. The government of Rome had disappeared. It was replaced by thousands of small, regional feudal governments, where the local lord was in charge. But the real ruler was the Catholic church. Religion dominated everything people did in their daily life. Whether you lived on a manor or in a castle or in one of the growing towns, daily life in the Middle Ages was deeply religious and often violent.

Daily Life

Daily Life

Medieval Castles

Nobility - Kings,
Lords, Ladies, Knights

The Manor House

Commoners -
Peasants & Serfs



Clothing & Jewelry

Becoming a Knight

Code of Chivalry

Weapons, Tools

Coat of Arms,
Shields, Heraldry

Mythical Medieval Beasts

Jousts & Tournaments

Medieval Music & Dance

Medieval Art
& Architecture


Feasts & Foods

Trade Fairs, Marketplaces

Banks, Money

Rise of Towns
(Serfs Buy Their Freedom,
 End of Feudalism)


The Bubonic Plague

Famous Literature
Song of Roland
Divine Comedy
King Arthur
Canterbury Tales
Robin Hood

Olde English Language

Medieval Holidays

Free Powerpoints
about the Middle Ages

Free Games for Kids
about the Middle Ages

Take the Quiz




Power of the
 Secular Rulers

Justinian & Justinian's Code


Anglo Saxons

The Franks, Charlemagne

Trial by Ordeal vs. Trial by Jury

Education and Preservation

Pope Adrian & Charlemagne

Pope Leo III & Charlemagne

Holy Roman Emperor
(Pope Leo Gets Even)

End of the Frankish Empire

The Manorial System


Feudalism & Vassals

Norman Conquest of England
(William the Conqueror,
Battle of Hastings, Great Council)

The Bayeux Tapestry

The Domesday Book

King John & the Magna Carta

Tudors & Stuarts

Medieval Achievements 

Power of the
 Catholic Church

Parish Priests and the Sacraments

Medieval Nuns, Monks,
 Benedictine Rule

Medieval Abbots, Bishops,
Cardinals, Pope

Church Councils and
Religious Beggars, Friars

The Inquisition

The Crusades

Effects of the Crusades

Cathedrals & Architecture

Stained Glass Windows

Holy Relics

Illuminated Manuscripts
(& the Book of Kells)

Gregorian Chants

Medieval Plays, Drama
(Mystery, Miracle, Morality)

Festivals & Religion


See Also:

Interactive Quiz about the Middle Ages (with answers)

Europe Geography & Maps

Timelines for the Middle Ages

Middle Ages for Teachers

Clipart for Kids & Teachers for the Middle Ages