the Middle Ages


: the period of European history from about A.D. 500 to about 1500

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Recent Examples on the Web The blast and the resulting fire destroyed state secrets, church records, property deeds, tax receipts, legal documents, financial data, census returns and much more, dating back to the Middle Ages. Ed O’Loughlin, New York Times, 1 Apr. 2024 But the practice did grow out of a tradition of fasting during the Middle Ages, when the Christian calendar was crammed with holy days requiring keepers of the faith to avoid eating meat, or three square meals altogether. Shane Mitchell, Saveur, 28 Mar. 2024 During the Middle Ages, eggs became prevalent during the Easter holiday since Catholic Christians refrained from eating eggs during Lent, but indulged in them once Easter arrived. Sarah Mosqueda, Los Angeles Times, 28 Mar. 2024 Women wove the family plots that led to marriages and ties between the great noble lines from the Middle Ages until the end of the nineteenth century. Catherine Sabino, Forbes, 27 Mar. 2024 Of course, the art form has been around much longer than that, with some types of living pictures being performed as early as during the Middle Ages. Jim Harrington, The Mercury News, 20 Mar. 2024 Archeologists believe that the coins were from the Middle Ages, according to a press release that was translated to English. Andrea Vacchiano, Fox News, 14 Mar. 2024 The 1980s, suffice it to say, were not the Middle Ages. Sarah Zhang, The Atlantic, 7 Mar. 2024 As Live Science’s Tom Metcalfe writes, such dwellings were common in Scandinavia before the Middle Ages: These structures typically featured floors that were built below ground level and covered with an angled roof. Sonja Anderson, Smithsonian Magazine, 4 Mar. 2024

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