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Posted on 21st Jun 2017
The Middle Ages in Europe were a time of increasing enlightenment and progress - many would not agree with this statement, but let us examine the facts. For example: the writing of music. It’s true that many ancient cultures used symbols to represent melodies and rhythms, none of them were particularly comprehensive though, and this has restricted our knowledge of their music. The seeds of what would eventually become modern western notation were sown in medieval Europe: this is why we know what medieval music sounded like and what the tunes were. The first trans-Atlantic sea crossings (be it by Columbus or the Vikings) were facilitated by medieval nautical advancements and superior European ship-building. Medieval Europe gave us movable-type printing, banking, the heavy plough and tradable stock bonds. Its society produced the Magna Carta (and the lesser known, but equally important Charter of the Forest). These bestowed many hitherto unknown civil rights upon the common man. We have been left with hundreds of glorious towering structures (that remain impressive to this day) such as Notre Dame and Warwick Castle: which serve as testaments in stone to a highly advanced civilization. At The Medieval Shoppe we passionately acknowledge the Middle Ages as a noble era and celebrate this in our wares and merchandise.