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Medieval India and medieval Europe--- A study in contrastDr N K SrinivasanIntroduction Several volumes have been written about the political, social and religious history of the Middle Ages in Europe. Several historical studies have been made on the medieval political and religious history of India, especially relating to Hindu and Buddhist religions. There is hardly any work or studies contrasting the two, except for passing mention.. Hence this article. . The period considered here is roughly between 9th century and 14th century BCE.Middle ages in Europe is marked by feudalism, illiteracy and, religious strife and schism in the Christian world. The renaissance in Italy marked the end of this backwardness . The influence of the Roman Catholic Church, the protestant movements of Martin Luther and others, the expanding international trade,especially from Italy ---these are significant aspects of the Middle ages in Europe.These changes were greatly influenced by the invention of printing press by Gutenberg and the spread of literacy, and the new knowledge that came from Arab countries, through Spain into Europe.In India, the medieval times were marked by the upsurge of religious movements, especially the Bhakti or devotional traditions, use of vernacular or local languages and the widespread prosperity among the masses with the relative political stability in various kingdoms. The onslaught of Afghan and central asian rulers on Indian plains i

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