A World Lit Only by Fire Reading Guide Essay

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Regine Jackson
AP European History

A World Lit Only by Fire Reading Guide
Part One: The Medieval Mind
1. I know both the Middle Ages and Renaissance took place in Europe. The Middle Ages were terrible times marked by plagues, primitive agricultural machinery, war and lack of proper sanitation. The Renaissance occurred later in Europe, and that was marked by the rebirth of interest in art and intellectual capability. Art usually intertwined religion.
2. Manchester supported using the term “ Dark Ages” to describe the historical period between 400 BCE and 1000 BCE due to the lack of intellectual life, “incessant war”, where multiple groups, including the Goths and Huns took part in the massacre and pillaging of villages.
3. The many
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Part Two: The Shattering 18. This passage suggests that the way history is perceived is based on the effect it has on current events rather than the possibilities of it's long term effects. 19. Magellan's discovery of the Philippines was significant because it proved the world was round. He provided a “linchpin” for the Renaissance by giving others the means of challenging medieval assumptions. 20. European “life became very cheap” in the late 1400s and early 1500s because: bubonic plague syphilis pneumonia
Spanish Inquisition 21. The unchristian acts of the five popes during Magellan's lifetime included:
Innocent VIII (1484-1492) -forged papal bills
Julius II (1561-1564) – watched the murders of Christians for amusement
Sixtus IV (1471-1485) -anointed family members as cardinals; conspired murder
Alexander VI (1492- 1503) – buying off leading candidates
Leo X (1513-1521) -appointed members of family into church; illegitimate children 22. Girolamo Savonarola was a Dominican friar who spoke against the Church and wanted the current pope at the time, Alexander VI, to be
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