Rome was the most powerful and successful Empire in history. After the fall of Rome, an era called the Middle Ages came. Even though Rome fell, the Middle Ages still had roots in the classical heritage of Rome and the beliefs of the Roman Catholic Church. Germanic Invaders destroyed Rome's economy, government, and culture. Learning declined and a common language was lost which resulted in the emergence of Germanic kingdoms. The church was the only thing that survived and provided stability, order, and security. An Empire, ran by the idea of a churchly kingdom evolved. The three labels that best describe the middle ages are the Dark Ages, a time of loss and declension, the Age of Faith, a time that was dominated by Christianity and the Golden …show more content…
Christians devoted themselves to the church, giving up every aspect of their life for God. People converted to Christianity because of the dark times; a religion made them feel safe in hopes of getting to a better place to escape their hard lives (Doc 10). During the medieval period, an epidemic called the Bubonic Plague killed one-third of Europe's population. The people were so unsanitary that is spread easily, but they blamed it on the Jews alleged revenge plans against them (Doc 6). Conditions in Europe during the 800’s were full of fear and unceasing terror. This was a result of the constant invasions from the Vikings, Muslims, and Magyars; kings couldn't defend their lands and people no longer looked to a central ruler for security (Doc 7). The Northmen, Vikings, plundered, then burned, towns; most of Europe was an easy target after Rome fell. Also, Charlemagne's three feuding grandsons broke apart Europe and defense became weak (Doc 8). The following reasons support the Dark Ages as being the best label to describe the medieval …show more content…
A social code called chivalry was created for knights in medieval Europe, stressing ideas such as courage, loyalty, and devotion which is seen as a good thing. The ideal knight was loyal, brave courageous, and protected the weak and poor, but most knights failed to do this, treating the lower classes brutally (Doc 5). Gothic style architecture could also be considered part of the Golden Age because of its extravagance. Unfortunately, large churches called Cathedrals were built in the style using the church's dirty money; it showed off the church’s wealth (Doc 9). The time period could be called Golden since older knowledge was preserved and influenced the future. This is true, but medieval culture was restricted to the church, such as the pope and clergy (Doc 11). What came out of the medieval period was good but the period itself was more dark than golden.
In conclusion, the three best labels are the Golden Age, the Age of Faith, and the Dark Ages. However, the best label out of the three is the Dark Ages because of the death, corruption, failure, and the invasions.The age of Faith couldn't be the best because the church manipulated their followers. The Golden Age also couldn't be the best because all the good things came from something bad. The church acted as a good distraction and form of security from chaos, but it had bad intentions. As a result, the medieval period is also known as the Dark
In the 1300s, Petrarch, an Italian scholar who coined the term "dark age" after the all of Rome during the 500s through the 1500s because he thought it was a chaotic time.(Movie Talk "dark age") The "dark age" took place during all the Crusades. This did help make population smaller and it did increase food supply. This illustrates that Europe was not in a "dark age" as it will be explained. Europe was not in a "dark age" really and it did improve Europe's food and population grew bigger which meant more farming.
Europe in Dark Age Before you say “Europe was never in a dark age.” think of the middle ages right after the fall of Rome, in The Crusades or The Black Death. These are just examples of why Europe was in a dark age. The phrase dark age means unsightly and dreadful, the term comes from Francesco Petrarch, he was an Italian scholar who compared Europe to Asia. The dark ages lasted 500 AD to 1500 AD.
The Middle ages was the period of time after the Roman Empire fell, and when the Europeans rebuilt themselves. The Middle ages, or Medieval Period, spanned from about years 500 to 1500. During this time, a new society began to appear. This new society had roots in the classical heritage of Rome, the beliefs of the Roman Catholic Church, and the customs of Germanic tribes. Many things were involved in the rebuilding of this society, such as religion, culture and most importantly, geographical location, government, and economics.
Historians call this time period the dark ages to illustrate that it was an intellectually dark time and there was not much learning. “The Dark Ages is a term applied in its widest sense to that period of intellectual depression in the history of Europe from the establishment of the barbarian supremacy in the fifth century (400 CE) to the revival of learning at about the beginning of the fifteenth (1400 CE), thus nearly corresponding
The Middle Ages in Europe were characterized to be more of hope than despair. The scenes throughout the Middle Ages were horrific as Jewish people were attacked, the Black Plague was developed, Serfs had to endure much pain in order to gain freedom, the Hanseatic League was provoked by robbers, and the scene of the establishment of the Magna Carta was a risk since a king could become a dictator. Described scenes above about the Middle Ages surely leaves one to think the era was characterized by disparity, but not really! The scenes above created an outcome which gave hope for the majority of the people in Europe, the hit(s) from such horrific scenes proved to show a sign of hope as the end of the Middle Ages began the introduction of a Renaissance
The Dark Ages consisted of invasion, and loss of trade and government. “The barbarians have broken through the ramparts. The Saracen [Moors] invasions have spread in successive waves over the South. There is no longer any trade, only unceasing terror...society has no longer any government,” (Doc. 1). These problems led to the decline and therefore this period of time was named the Dark Ages.
Many people believe the world is a disaster right now. However, one of the worst times in history was the Middle Ages: learning was lost, most were struggling to survive, and law was almost obsolete. A common name for the period between 400CE and 1400CE is the “Dark Ages”. Historians sometimes disagree on whether that term is acceptable for the times. Originally, Dark Ages meant that historians know next to nothing about the Early Middle Ages, but has grown to encompass the entirety of the Middle Ages used to describe the lack of learning and growth.
There were intellectual accomplishments during that era. There were new law making ideas and actions put to use. There were many religious expansions and documenting during this time as well. The time era that was called the “The Dark Ages” which was actually the Middle Ages which was from 400CE to 1400CE.
According to the middle ages movie, the middle ages took place in Europe, they were also known as the Dark Ages. And the darkest times were the late middle ages. The reason why the late middle ages is considered so dark or not a good time to live in the middle ages is because of the Black Death. The black death is the worst catastrophe besides the children’s
But in the late Middle Ages, there were many wars which killed large number of people. At this time, the people of Europe were horribly facing the effects of the Black Death, which was the worst pandemics in human history. The Catholic church began to have bad reputation as the priests did not help the people during the Black Death and angered people because of their wealth. After the High Middle Ages, there were many social and economic reasons that led to the decline of the Catholic Church in Western Europe. There were many social changes that had taken place in Europe that caused the Catholic Church to lose power and popularity.
First the dark ages was a time of fighting, an example of this would be: Rome was attacked, robbed, and also eventually taken over by barbarian tribes. Secondly, there was also passing away because when Rome was at war tribes all over showed little
An additional change in the Dark Ages, was the Black Death. The Black Death killed millions throughout Europe causing people to turn their backs on God and become less religious. One more change in the Middle Ages were the Crusades. The Crusades changed the opinion on the Church and brought more unity
Medieval Times What do you think of the Middle Ages? Do you think of knights? Magic and mythology? Did you know that one of the most important things of that time was the vast and intricate hierarchy from Aristocracy, to Clergy, down to Peasantry. Is it the fantastical world everyone thinks it is, or is it the dark ages of it’s third name.
It has been titled many different ways; ranging from the Faith, Golden, Feudalistic, and/or Dark Ages. It can be proven that it was an age of faith over any other because of the power of the church, the effect of the crusades, and the devotion that people gave to the church. They first piece of evidence that shows that the Middle Ages were an Age of faith was the effect and power the Catholic Church and Pope had on
Because It was scary and pandemonium and The dark ages was a nightmare. Firstly the dark ages were dark because their was a lot of killing and deaths.. Cities shrank size and population. When at war,tribes showed little mercy,killing men and women and children.