The Dark Ages, The Period Between 476 And 1350

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The Dark Ages, the period between 476 and 1350 A.D., is often defined by the simplistic misconceptions of the modern period, which holds this era to be devoid of cultural, intellectual, and spiritual advancements, but rather, the retrocessions of such. In essence, these notions could not be further from the truths that are misguided by the derogatory implications of the words ‘dark’ and ‘medieval’. The Middle Ages (an umbrella term encompassing the Renaissance movement), a more appropriate term, marks a period between the downfall of classical Greece and Rome during the fifth and fourteenth century, and the rise of Greco-Roman systems and ideologies during the Renaissance. The Renaissance is often defined as a cultural movement between the…show more content…
The Middle Ages (fifth to fifteenth century) was an epoch of great change, dealing with the constant restructuring of the political and religious foundations of the Western world. These changes were most notable during the late Medieval Period (1300’s-1500’s), which evidenced the increasing political power of the Roman Catholic Church and the Pope in the eleventh century, the corruption of the clergy, and the decline of religion after the arrival of the plague in 1346. Decimating approximately one-third of the European population, the severe levels of depopulation and migration resulted in an immediate economic decline. The deteriorating health and economic conditions led to the increasing acrimony of the general population towards the church, as Christians began to see the plague as divine punishment for the corruption of the religious institutions by its officials. Saint Catherine of Siena (1347-1380), a prevalent political and religious figure of the plagued late Middle Ages, attempted to combat the individualistic mindset that arose from the plague. In order to counter the shift from communal values to individualism, despite the decline in religious followers, Saint Catherine inspired a new wave of faith through attempting to directly ‘reform’ the values of the clergy, as well as through transforming the hopeless and faithless outlook of the plague. In framing a theological response to the plague, Saint Catherine of Siena answers the most difficult theological

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