Unit 5 - The Early Middle Ages
When did the Middle Ages begin and end?
It is impossible to put a precise date on the beginning and end of the Middle Ages. The successful attack on Rome by the Visigoths in 400AD and the deposing of the last Roman emperor Romulus Augustus in 476AD are popular starting points. There is even less agreement on the date of the end of the Middle Ages. The Turkish capture of Constantinople or the end of the Anglo-French Hundred Years' War (right, both 1453), the invention of the printing press by Johann Gutenberg (around 1455), the fall of Muslim Spain or Christopher Columbus's voyage to America both 1492, the Protestant Reformation starting 1517 are all possible end-dates.