History » Medieval History
What is medieval history? At Five Books, we define medieval history as the millennium that started approximately at the time of the fall of the Roman Empire (c. 500 AD) and lasting through to the Renaissance. It was Petrarch, the Italian poet, who wrote off this period as a ‘dark’ age and it’s true that some of the skills the Romans had had (especially in architecture/construction) was lost and had to later be re-discovered. However, medieval history is a lively field of historical study and we’d very much like to expand the topics and countries covered.