Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Medieval Times/ Middle Ages

I think my favorite time period is the Middle Ages or the medieval times. I have always loved the time of King Richard the Lionhearted or Richard Coeur de Lion. That's why it came so natural for me to find the time of King Jayavarman VII and his queens so facinating. I also feel I developed a bond of sorts. Jayavarman's 2 queens co-reigned with him in a country that was in the middle of a jungle. While the rest of the world as it was known at that time was in the dark, Jayavarman and his two queens were working for the people building road ways, schools, libraries and hospitals.It was a time of enlightenment. With each King of Angkor, each and every one left his mark on the temple which would become the largest religious structure in the world and still is. National Geographic showed a map fo Angkor Wat which is the term to include all the temples. Part of that is the Bayon and Angkor Thom that Jayavarman VII built. If you look at the size of all those temples and NYC. NYC is swallowed up.
Back to terms of time... Dark Ages were the early Medieval period in Western Europe. Approximately between the years 476-800. There was no Roman Emperor or Holy Roman Empire.It also meant Intelectual Darkness. Middle Age period, no not the time when you hit your 40s...but starting around the 5th century ce and going to the time of the beginning of the Renaissance which depending on what part of Europe could have started as early as the 13th century, 14th but no later then the 15th. It was during this time that Angkor Wat was being built starting around the years 700 or 800 and collapsed around the time of the beginning of the Renaissance. The two kings that I focus on are Suryavarman II and Jayavarman VII. Below is a link that you can copy and paste to read about the queens and how they helped shape a King and their nation. http://www.devata.org/2010/09/ancient-queens-who-shaped-an-asian-empire-indradevi-and-jayarajadevi/

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