The Middle Ages

The seven deadly sins, punishments and indulgences characterized life in the Middle Ages. Everyone feared purgatory, where one’s sins were weighed and estimated. Perhaps you went to heaven – perhaps you would end up in hell.

Deliver us from evil

Christianity had purged all traces of the Viking Age’s many gods. The country opened up to European influences, towns developed as centers for trade and crafts. The land was governed with sword, cross and writing. 

Christianity and the Church together with the monarchy and the major landowners, the nobles, were perched on the pinnacle of power. Meanwhile, 95% of the medieval population lived in the countryside and struggled through the sweat of their brow to keep the country running – cultivated the soil, harvested crops and grinded the grain to make flour, dug clay and made bricks to build fortresses and churches.

Take a guided tour in the Middle Ages from birth to death.