The Late Middle Ages is a term used by historians to describe the period of European history in the 14th and 15th centuries.
The late Middle Ages were preceded by the High Middle Ages, and the subsequent period is called the New Age. Historians differ sharply in defining the upper limit of the late Middle Ages. If in Russian historical science it is customary to define its end as the English Civil War, then in Western European science the end of the Middle Ages is usually associated with the beginning of the church Reformation or the era of Great Geographical Discoveries. The late Middle Ages are also called the Renaissance.