TERRA X: A short history of…

Episode 1: The Middle Ages

The Middle Ages are still considered dark, backward and cruel today. But what was it really like? Mirko Drotschmann brings light into the darkness of this era. Where do kings get their power from? How movable is a knight in his armor? What role do women play? And why is the Middle Ages even called the Middle Ages?
Mirko Drotschmann tells the story of an epoch that is amazingly colourful and diverse. A journey through 1000 years, in which infinite things happen. From the 5th century A.D., when antiquity came to an end with the fall of the Roman Empire in the West, to the invention of the movable-type printing press by Johannes Gutenberg from Mainz.


WRITER: Daniel Sich DIRECTOR: Nina Koshofer, Robert Wiezorek PRESENTER: Mirko Drotschmann CAMERA: Torbjörn Karvang, Achim Seck EDITOR: Claudia Spoden MUSIC: Paul Rabiger COMMISSIONING EDITOR: Georg Graffe (ZDF), Claudia Moroni (ZDF)