Gothic Cathedrals DBQ

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From 500 to 1500 AD Europe was not in a dark age, because of their advances with the Gothic Cathedrals, their conquests in the Crusades, and their organization within their Government. During 1163 through 1345 Europe had many architectural advancements, such as the Gothic Cathedral and the Notre Dame. According to the Gothic Cathedral document in Universities and Cathedrals it states,”Common features of gothic cathedrals included architectural innovations, including: large columns, high ceilings with ribbed vaults, flying buttresses, and large stained glass windows.” This quote supports that Europe was not in a dark age because it shows how many architectural innovations were made during this time period. The conquests of the Crusades support that Europe was not in a dark age because they brought many new trade items to Europe and they conquered new land and reconquered some land.…show more content…
During this time of the light age, Europe also developed a strong, organized government. According to Source B: Magna Carta in Sources: Government it states, "To all free men of our kingdom we have also granted, for us and to our heirs for ever, all the liberties written out below, to have and to keep for them and their heirs, of us and our heirs." This quote supports that Europe had an organized and strong government because it shows that the government would last a very long time and by showing that it gave rights to free men. All of these advancements and conquests such as Gothic Cathedrals, the crushing Crusades and the government of Europe all support that Europe was not in a dark age but a light age instead. These reasons why Europe was not in a dark age have impacted the world by leading to even more architectural advancements, improved versions of the items that Europe discovered while they were on the Crusades, and improved government that Europe used, that is still used
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