Medieval Literature/The Middle Ages

The Middle Ages

Medieval Period

500 - 1500

Lies between the era of classical Greek and Roman culture and the later rebirth of classical values in the Renaissance.

Charlemagne Becomes King Of Franks

768

Charlemagne Crowned Holy Roman Emperor

800

Crowned by Pope Leo III

Charlemagne's Death

814

High Middle Ages

1000 - 1300

The Crusades

1096 - 1270

Christian attempts to forcefully regain the Holy Land from the Muslims; cost many European lives but had also opened up trade routes to the East.

Late Middle Ages

1300 - 1500

John Wycliffe

1330 - 1384

Black Death Peaks In Europe

1348 - 1374

Great Schism

1378 - 1417

Pre-Medieval

Christianity = Official In Byzantine

330

Roman Empire Splits

395

Pope = Undisputed Authority

451

Literary Events

St. Jerome Translates Scriptures To Latin

387

Beowulf

715

The Song Of Roland

1110

Chrétien de Troyes

1135 - 1190

Marie de France

1160 - 1215

Nibelungenlied

1200

Dante Alighieri - Divine Comedy

1308 - 1320

Geoffrey Chaucer - The Canterbury Tales

1387 - 1400

Gutenberg's Printing Press Completed

1440