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Old August 4th, 2013, 08:30 PM   #61
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The Middle Ages started in 476 with the fall of the western Roman empire and ended in 1453 with the fall of Constantinopel.
Like I said, the dating of the Middle Ages varies from region to region. There are no set dates for the "Middle Ages" as a whole. In continental Europe, the fall of the western Roman Empire is as you say often counted as the beginning of the Middle Ages. In Scandinavia, this is rare.

Here archaeologists (which I am) and historians usually define the Middle Ages as the period after the Viking Age, beginning around 1050 AD (the battle of Hastings in 1066 was often used as the breaking point in 20th century literature) or even as late as 1100 AD. The reason for this is three-fold; firstly this roughly corresponds to the christianization of Scandinavia, secondly it's the period when kingdoms based on a continental mold were established in the region and thirdly, it's the first period from which there are any significant amounts of written sources and therefor the end of "pre-history".

Again, the same applies to the end of the Middle Ages. Historians rarely ascribe single events like the fall of Constantinople as the official beginning or end of time periods. Instead, the end of the Middle Ages is significant because of the changes in society the renaissance ushered in. This of coarse didn't happen over night all over Europe, but was a gradual spreading of new ideas in governance, art and culture. Therefor there's not one date for the end of the Middle Ages, but many different dates depending on local circumstances. In Sweden, we usually put the transition to the beginning of the reign of Gustav Vasa in the 1520's, who ushered in the reformation and overhauled the administration of the kingdom, turning himself into a renaissance king in the mold of Henry VIII of England and Francis I of France.
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Güstrow, in the very heart of my lovely Mecklenburg.

Just a 30 minute drive from Rostock, or ~2 hours from both Berlin and Hamburg.

Güstrow by Jan Czonstke, auf Flickr

Renaissance palace and park:

Schloss Güstrow by Jan Czonstke, auf Flickr

Güstrow Barlachstadt Mecklenburg by Seeadler 1, auf Flickr


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