I learned a lot about the Medieval Period by studying “The Foundations of Western Civilization” by Thomas F.X. Noble of the University of Notre Dame.
He argued that the period from 900 to 1300 was one of the longest eras of sustained growth in world history. He states that the evidence shows larger families, people living longer, no plague or famine; warmer, drier climate, new land under cultivation and better diet.
A better harness for the horse was developed and the horseshoe was improved and used. New heavy, wheeled plow, with a iron share was introduced and became widely disseminated.
Mills demanded engineering and gains were made in gearing.
Land began to be more efficiently used. The three-field system spread to much of Europe.
Improved roads and transport vehicles made it possible for more goods to travel farther and faster.
Church and secular governments worked to protect trade and traders; Agricultural specialization was also a major impetus to trade.
There were greater efficiencies in surface mining.
The condition of the poor became more evident.
Legislation and preaching turned against usury
Theologians and lawyers defined the concept of the “just price”
Thomas F.X. Noble further states that Europe in what we call the High Middle Ages as dynamic and prosperous. Such widespread prosperity had not been evident since the Pax Romana.
My point is this: There is more to learn about the Middle Ages than one can suppose. No, I do not “remember” the Middle Ages. I was not there but neither were you and there is much for both of us to learn about the rich and varied history of that much maligned period.