Influence Of Christianism In Medieval Europe

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Germanic verses Christian Influence on Medieval Europe
The middle ages was a time period of unprecedented change, hallmarking a new and revolutionary medieval Europe. During this age, Christian and Germanic influences both played a major role in creating and sustaining Europe. From England to the Holy Roman Empire to the edge of the Byzantine Empire, the impacts of both religion and culture were intermingled into Medieval European social structures, political powers, and daily life. However, the impact one of these powers was much stronger and everlasting than the other. The influence of Christian religion affected Medieval Europe by creating an international political struggle through The Crusades, reorganizing social classes with the addition
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The lords ruled the land, followed by vassals and knights who provided protection in return for land, and lastly the peasants and serfs who farmed and provided physical labor. However, the rise and growth of Christianity implemented a new class into the classic medieval social structure. This new class, known as the clergy elites, was composed of Christian abbots, monks, bishops, priest, and even the Pope. Recognized by their religious commitment and connection to god, the clergy people rapidly became highly respected. In turn, this influential class became known as the “role models of the early middle ages for the laity as well the rest of the population” (Pavlac, 131). The introduction of the clergy class revolutionized medieval Europe also made religion much more prevalent in traditional Germanic cultures. As the idea that those closest to god were the most respected became instilled in the mind of middle ages Europeans, more and more people began to practice Christianity. As the religion spread throughout Frankish land, more and more “men sacrificed…to the Catholic faith” as well as “practiced divining, soothsaying, and incantations” (Good, #31). The clergy, in response, opened their arms widely, welcoming the Germanic people to their Christian faith while simultaneously strengthening their grasp on their elite social class. In turn, the creation of the clergy class in medieval Europe not only supported the growth of Christianity, but it provided guidance and support to anyone from lords to

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