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Medieval alley in the French countryside, HDR effect
The Middle Ages, or Medieval period, lasted from the 5th to the 15th century. It began with the collapse of the Western Roman Empire.It was followed by the Renaissance and Age of Discovery. The Middle Ages is the middle period of Western history into Antiquity, Medieval, and Modern periods. The period is subdivided into the Early, High and Late Middle Ages.
During the Middle Ages, the population of Europe increased greatly as technological and agricultural innovations allowed trade to flourish and crop yields to increase. The Late Middle Ages were marked by difficulties and calamities. Famine, plague, and war diminished the population of Western Europe. Between 1347 and 1350, the Black Death killed approximately a third of the population.
The most commonly starting point for the Middle Ages is 476. 1500 is often considered to be the end of the Middle Ages. There is no universally agreed upon end date. In the 19th century, the entire Middle Ages were often referred to as the "Dark Ages". The medieval period is frequently caricatured as a "time of ignorance and superstition". Renaissance scholars saw the Middle Ages as a period of decline. Scholars saw reason as superior to faith, and viewed the Middle Ages as a time of ignorance and superstition.
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