City, Church, And The Empire

1627 Words Dec 11th, 2015 7 Pages
City, Church, and the Empire Many often depict medieval Europe as times of kings, knights, and epic battles that end in great bloodshed and loss. While these things are true, the medieval Europe was much more than that. It was a time of controversy, strong and terrible leaders in politics as well as the church, and many changes in population and how the Europeans structured their societies. Writers and historians throughout this time period produced many works that told of the events in medieval Europe. A few overarching themes successfully describe the events of this time period by using the works of Thomas Aquinas, Thomas More, and multiple other writers. Three main categories describe Medieval European society—city, empire, and church. The cities that made up medieval Europe were small by our modern day standards, but the people of this time period considered them large. Cities were often unorganized and messy. They did not understand the idea of blocks and systems to organize cities yet. Thomas More critiques the style of the cities in Utopia. He states that the perfect city would be near a river with stone bridges for citizens to cross on. The river provides a generous supply of drinking water, which the citizens transport throughout the city using a network of pipes. Defensive walls and ditches surrounding the city provide protection. The streets are well organized, which greatly contrasts those of medieval European cities. Also, large houses were not greatly valued…
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