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Medieval Costumes

Medieval times span the years 1066 - 1485 and they encompass one of the most turbulent periods of English history starting with the Battle of Hastings and the Norman Conquest of Britain when much of the land was taken from the Saxons by William the Conqueror who passed them to his own French noblemen and knights.  The term Medieval Times is derived from the Latin words 'medium aevum' meaning Middle Ages which are so called as they form the middle period between the decline of the Roman Empire and commencement of the period called the Renaissance.  Medieval Times saw the building of the great English castles, including the Tower of London and Dover Castle which allowed the Normans to retain their hold over England. The period also saw the start of the Crusades and the the founding of the Knights Templar which as we all know made Dan Brown a fortune! The Domesday Book and the Magna Carta were also important events during Medieval times as was the Black Death.