The Middle Ages

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Era of the crusades, Robin Hood, and fat, lecherous (but good hearted) friars. Also home to dragons, wizards, knights in shining armour, beautiful princesses with big headdresses and tall, spirally gothic architecture. Expect to see a Corrupt Churchman or two wandering the landscape burning witches, heretics, and pretty much anyone who doesn't agree with them. Also expect to see people comically dropping left and right from the Black Death. ("Bring out your deeeeaaaaa----" *Fall* *Splut!*)

If the story does not take place in some unspecified kingdom, the setting is likely to be a mythologized Britain or France, though Jerusalem, which had pretty much been ignored since Biblical Times will now also be used as the stage for all sorts of flashy battles involving cutlass-wielding Turks and ruggedly handsome Knights Templar.

For the (slightly) more historically accurate version of this trope, check out its constituent periods:

Cf. Ye Goode Olde Days for the highly romanticized version, and The Dung Ages for the depressingly bleak version. When history has been abandoned altogether, you have probably made the epic voyage to The Time of Myths.

The Middle Ages provides examples of the following tropes:
Works set in this time period include


  • Doomsday Book
  • Michel Pagel Le roi d'août (The King of August), a novelized version of the life of Philip II Augustus with fantastical elements (dryads especially). Quite historically accurate (except for the obvious Fantasy).
  • Wolfbreed takes place during this time period and deals with The Teutonic Knights' conquest of Prussia...and werewolves.
  • Catherine, Called Birdy and The Midwife's Apprentice, both by Karen Cushman.

Live-Action TV

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Western Animation