Pope Gregory I
In the middle ages (400 - 1400), also known as the Medieval Period, there were three classes of people. The first class was the nobility. They were rich landowners, and from these people came our legends of knights in shining armour. the clergy was the second class, consisting of priests who worked in the church, and monks who lived in monasteries. Most people belonged to the third class made up of poor farmers known s peasants. The average peasant lived to be 30 years of age and ate little more than black bread and turnips. Listen to some clips of music representing the Middle Ages below.