Use this History and Western Heritage video entitled The Late Middle Ages: Centuries of Crisis 1300-1527 to study how the view of the late Middle Ages is not a bright one. Problems between states, rampant disease, and assaults upon the Church made this period very difficult for nearly everyone. The long and exhausting Hundred Years’ War between England and France had considerable consequences in each country. Militarily, the longbow became, in this last era before the age of gunpowder, an effective infantry weapon which changed forever the relationship between feudal knights and their once subservient peasantry.
Learn about The Late Middle Ages and the Centuries of Crisis.