The Christian Influence on The Middle Ages Essay

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In 312 CE, Roman Emperor Constantine achieved a victory at the Milvian Bridge. The night previous to this battle, Constantine dreamt of a cross inscribed in hoc signo vinces, in this sign you will conquer. As trivial as this dream may seem, it ultimately signified the beginning of the rise of Christianity. With his victory, Emperor Constantine converted to Christianity and supported and encouraged it throughout the empire. In 313 CE, another milestone occurred as the emperors, both Constantine I of the West and Licinius of the East, signed the Edict of Milan declaring that the Diocletianic Persecution would end, and Christianity would be tolerated in the Roman Empire. This religion began to flourish as people quickly converted from pagan…show more content…
One of the most important contributors of this time was Saint Benedict of Nursia. To guide Christians pursuing such a life, St. Benedict wrote Regula Benedicti, The Rule of Saint Benedict. This book was composed of precepts for monks to follow as they lived in communal monasteries under an abbot. Ideally, poverty, chastity, and obedience were the most sought after traits that one should follow. Saint Benedict instructed monks to participate daily in written prayers, devotionals, manual labor, and commanded a pledge of poverty, chastity, and obedience (Benedict). Because these rules are not just spiritually beneficial, secular impacts were gained from the monasteries way of life. Monks became a hero of the people of the medieval times in countless ways. These monks were examples to all of a righteous way of living. When monks devoted their lives to God, others saw the devotion exemplified in daily life. The humility the monks strived for implicated “a humble heart”, “serious and humble speech”, “doing nothing except what is commended by his superiors”, and “being content with the worst of everything”(Benedict). This lifestyle could infinitely increase the quality of life for any person as it provided an example for people to become helpful, moral citizens, regardless of religious affiliation. As Christianity and monasteries became more popular amongst people, monks traveled to
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