The pillars of Europe. The Middle Age at the British Museum
Life in the Middle Age
Many historians have referred to the Middle Age as a period in the history of Europe where great imbalances took place between the luxurious life of upper class and the misery and illiteracy of the rest of the population. Anyway, despite these obvious failures in medieval society we cannot ignore the great political, economic, artistic and cultural changes that emerged in the Middle Age and today continue to be present in our popular culture. The heritage of the Middle Age is present in the great castles, cathedrals, work of art and crafts of the old Europe.
“The pillars of Europe” opens a window to the public so they can understand in a better way life during this period that lasted a thousand years, between the years 400 and 1500 AD, through treasures and material objects used by artisans, the church, the court and the people in their daily tasks. More than 260 objects from the British Museum collection, some of these never exhibited before and complemented with pieces borrowed from the National Archaeological Museum of Madrid, the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya and the Museu Frederic Màres.
A trip to the past
The exhibition is distributed in several spaces to show visitors different aspects of life in the Middle Age, such as life in court, war, conquest and everyday life.
We will be able to know how was the formation of Europe after the fall of the Roman Empire, from where there were born new kingdoms and principalities ruled by powerful men who laid the bases for the nations of the future. The royal power and how the medieval monarchs ruled by exercising absolute power, considered as god-chosen beings to govern. The celestial treasures of the church, which after the decline of the Roman empire markedly weakened Christianity but with a strong organization and the support of the wealthy monarchs regained their dominance. And last but not least, life in the court that was composed by the people who lived in the residence of the monarch, among them flourished art, where the nobles lived a quite luxurious life but which in turn was an atmosphere laden with hostility and envy among courtiers.
From our luxury hotel in Barcelona, we recommend you to visit the interesting exhibition until June 18 at CaixaForum Barcelona, located at Frances Ferrer i Guàrdia Avenue very close to the Font Màgica de Montjuïc, Plaza Espanya and the National Museum D’Art de Catalunya, to make the most of a day of tourism and culture in Barcelona.