A Label that should not even be considered as a correct name for the Middle Ages is the Golden Age. “There is no Longer any trade, only unceasing terror... The peasant has abandoned his ravaged fields to avoid the violence of anarchy (Doc 7).” People at this time got so scared of the constant warfare and no government that they would leave their home if their was any hint of anarchy taking over their manors. “Year 842- In this year there was a great slaughter in London and Quentavic and in Rochester (Doc8).” This may seem as if it is normal cause we still have war and kill people for power. However, during this time they would massacre cities not only for power but resources and for religious reasons. After the fall of Rome a kingdom was started that was nowhere close to being as powerful as rome was but was lead by arguably the best king of all time Charlamagne (Video). Though the kingdom was not as great as rome or as strong or had the progression in technology one of the greatest leaders came out of it and he lead them to be stronger than they would
The Middle Ages could be called many things but to best describe what happen to the people of this time in the way they reacted would be to call the Middle Ages the “Dark Ages” or the “Age of
Wars, attacks and invasions were common during the Middle Ages. The early period had seen the fall of the Roman Empire and this must have contributed to a destabilizing effect. For example, the Turks and Arabs attacked and conquered the people living in Romania, also known as the Byzantine Empire. As stated by Pope Urban II, “They have killed and captured many, and have destroyed the churches and devastated the empire” (Doc 9). As this quote shows the Turks and Arabs completely destroyed the empire. Also, in 842 there was a great slaughter in England that killed many people. as stated by the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle, “842 in this year there was a great slaughter in London and Quentavic and in Rochester” (Doc 3). As this quote shows, things seem chaotic, out of control and very unsafe during the middle ages. These wars, attacks and invasions caused mayhem but the situation only got worse when the system of government was eroded.
The Medieval ages spans a period of time of more than 1000 years. This period began in Europe with the fall of the Roman Empire in 400 CE and concluded with the Renaissance period in 1500 CE. Because it spans such a long period of time, it was separated into three different periods; Early Middle Ages often referred to as the dark ages which went from 400 CE- 900 CE; the High Middle Ages which spanned from 900 CE- 1250 CE where great weather and crops occurred and when culture and entertainment was developing: with the last phase was Late Middle Ages in 1250 CE-1500 CE, where many people died from the Black Death and the population reduced to around what it was before the black death. During the medieval era there were many significant people
In the Middle Ages, which sprouted from the sacking of Rome by Germanic tribes, society became more isolated and survivalism based, with merely living taking precedent over education and social activity. This was truly a dark age, with Christianity providing the only hope during this feudalistic and tumultuous time period. Throughout this time period, the clergy gained more and more power, eventually sparking the Crusades. While they failed, they did open trade routes, bringing a better economy to the Europeans. Also, governments eventually evolved, bringing in the Parliament, a legislative group of knights, bishops, and lords. Finally, near the end of the Middle Ages, the black death took about one-third of the population of Europe, bringing in economic and social reforms. Then, the Hundred Years War took place, marking the end of the Age of Faith.
In conclusion, the Dark Ages, in a negative connotation, is a completely appropriate term for the Middle Ages. The English were corrupt, as shown by the examples of Joan of Arc and King John. Many people think of the Dark Ages was an era of cruelness and evil. It was and I think the name Dark Ages is appropriate for this
The Middle Ages in Europe were the time period from about A.D. 500 to 1400. This era has been viewed as several terms-the “Dark Ages”, the “Age of Faith”, the “Age of Feudalism”, and the “Golden Age” of Europe. The Middle Ages started with the fall of the Roman Empire, which led to the growth of feudalism. When the Roman Empire fell, there were many invaders who burned down the churches and left with captives. During this time, vassals and lord in the system of feudalism depended on each other.
People use the saying “Middle Ages” to tell about the time period Europe went through between the decline of the Roman Empire and the start of the Renaissance around the time of 5th to the 15th century. The representation of Europe during the Middle Ages as stagnant is an accurate statement. This can be proven through the lack of development in the economic, political, and religious categories.
A reason for the for the Middle Ages to be called the Dark Ages is because of all the invasions. The assaults were very barbaric and contained a lot of violence with much destruction left in it's path. Document 7 says, "... they sacked town and village, and laid waste in the fields.
The term “The Dark Ages” has been used for centuries to describe the period of the middle ages, while the term might imply that this period of time was dreary and uneventful it is quite the opposite. The term was first used by historians to describe the period as a way of showing that they had little knowledge of what actually happened, but through time this term greatly changed causing people to believe that the age went without knowledge or innovation and that everyone lived a miserable life. While the term has been misused for a long time the “Dark Ages” was actually filled with many wonders be it through literary, cultural, or political matters.
The Medieval Period was an important time in Europe which spanned for over 1000 years, beginning at the fall of the Roman Empire, in 476 CE and ending at the Renaissance in 1500 CE. The Middle Ages were divided into 3 eras, the Early Middle Ages (478 – 900 CE), High Middle Ages (900 – 1250 CE) and ending with the Late Middle Ages (1250 – 1500 CE), which was a time of fear and rapid population decrease caused by the black death. Throughout the Medieval Period there was major contact between societies, key beliefs in which influenced behaviour, significant people and technology or trade which have shaped the world we live in today.
The Middle ages were controlled and shaped by the despair of the common people. Things like, the bubonic plague shaped the common people by dropping the population of France by more than five million. During this time the Jewish people were once again persecuted for their different beliefs. In London they were attacked and their houses burned. The disease was transferred from fleas to rats and then to people. The way other countries would get infected was the infected rats would run across the ropes that kept boats to the dock and the boats would sail to countries and the rats would cross back over the rope and onto land. The Plague wiped out so many people, it devastated the land and it’s people. The land never fully recovered from the “Black
Initially the term Dark Ages was coined because of the decline of latin literature and possibly by protestant reformers in the 16th and 18th century. I believe that the Middle Ages is the best term to describe this previously named “Dark Ages”. During this time, universities are born and in result fields such as math, specifically algebra, were created. Art started to become valued due to the new wealth people found themselves with. It was almost an age of life, as agriculture soared with good weather and improvements in technology in addition to the safety that came with manorialism. According to the textbook, Europe became civilized due to the high number of people working and producing their own food. As historians, we should not put
When one hear the words “Medieval Europe”, what would come to mind? The Bubonic Plague? Kings and Queens ruling over their kingdoms? The Dark Ages and loss of information? Though those things did play significant roles in the time period, they were certainly not the only occurrences. Within the 300 years of the high middle ages, there was a drastic shift in the daily life of citizens, a large power shift and fall to the church, and, yes, a variety of crises. By the end of the time period, society had changed for good.
The Middle Ages a period of three divisions in Western history. The Medieval period being at the center of the three divisions. A period which brought insecurities within the economic, judicial, social, and political spheres. Falling empires such as the Roman Empire increased the urge of society for protection, thus to also formed alliances in order for survival. One of the greatest and most dominant alliance among the empires became to be known as feudalism. The alliance in the feudal system organized the services and obligations; creating an amalgamation among the lower class peasants all the way to the upper class kings.