Compare And Contrast The Middle Ages Vs Dark Ages

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The Dark Ages. The Golden Ages. They seem to be polar opposites, and in some ways, they are. However, they do have things in common. The Middle Ages (or the dark ages) was followed by the Italian Renaissance (the golden ages). As they say: like father like son. Right now, the Middle Ages is the father of the Italian Renaissance, and I am going to show you their likenesses. The government of the Middle Ages was a monarchy. The king made decisions and the rest of the government’s job was to make sure they were followed through. The king’s ministers were essentially his servants, carrying out his will. Laws and other legally binding orders were written by the Chancery. They also served as a court and began hearing cases around the 14th century. The head of the Chancery was the Chancellor and was given status as…show more content…
If you were wealthy or influential and had an education, you were highly valued for government positions. As time progressed, the church was more involved in the social structure as it was more thoroughly integrated into the citizens’ common life. Citizens were given the right to lead, and many more freedoms were opened up to them. This was the point where social structures with definite lines between statuses with no improvement opportunities began to crumble. The golden and dark ages were nearly as different as I expected. Different governments, social structures, and customs for each. But they still had their similarities. Both had Christian themes in their art and had similar religious beliefs. The biggest similarity, however, is that they both lead to progression and changed the world. “Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.” (George Bernard Shaw) Where would the world be right now if neither the Middle Ages nor the Italian Renaissance had changed their minds and
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