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    Posted: 10-May-2009 at 11:51
Say Midlle ages, and most people think of Castles and knights, "feudal" landowners and serfs, A "universal" Church ruling almost the whole of Europe, monks, clergy, Noblemen. Perhaps not a very correct picture, since large parts of the european peoples and their rulers for centuries remained "pre-christians" ("pagans). Perhaps organised "feudal society", with well defiend hierarches, noble class landowners and cavalry were less widespread too? Perhaps "Medieval Europe" means something like "Medieval France"?
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The medieval period in Europe covers more or less a thousand years from a time when hardly any of it was Christian to one where almost everyone was, and at no time was there ever really a single uinversal church, even in the Christian parts.
 
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The large picture was perhaps that southern and western parts of Europe were "romanized" and early christian and parts of some common civilisation, in contrast to northern and eastern parts. The east parts of the baltic was very late I think (roughly Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Belarus and parts of Russia and Ukraine. Lithuania a late great pre christian empire). some of the same may be true for Baltics southern shores, and former eastern Prussia, were military expeditions, "crusades" were important.

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Watch out for that most innocuous of statements: 'In the popular mind...'
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