The Importance Of Poverty In The Middle Ages

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In the middle ages, 1210, society was either underdeveloped or developing as a result the people of this time generally accepted poverty as a way of life and something that they could not change. This is that is very hard for anyone in contemporary society to comprehend as, although one is aware that poverty still exists this is no something that we aspire to change. During the medieval period ‘the church constantly preached to the wealthy their duty to be generous in charity to the poor and provided at least a theoretical framework of poor relief’ (25) The poor people of this time were also at a disadvantage when it came to work because most of the work was seasonal. However, wealth also had its disadvantages because people were very aware that wealth is something that was constantly fluctuating.
During the beginning of the idle ages many people believed that the after life was something that was only for a select few in society. This was something that changed from the 12th century as ‘the prospects of mankind in the after-life brightened’ (25) During this time the church was also a great advocate for the idea that money should not be hoarded ‘So long as man spent lavishly on charity- used his money and did not hoard it- the church was happy.’ (25) Adornment was also something that was very topical during the middle ages. Many believed that the rich adornment of the church was disrespectful, and that worship is more effective when there is only a select few, if any,

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