Innovation And Development And Importance Of The Middle Ages

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The Middle Ages (500-1500A.D.), commonly referred to as the Dark Ages or the Medieval Times, was an era of growth, art, architecture, Church dominance, and a feudalistic society. Innovation and development were major aspects of this time period. Major steps were developed in the fields of warfare and medicine that drastically changed the course of history. More well-known medieval inventions and developments include the printing press and the adoption of gunpowder. However, this paper focuses on three other developments of equal importance, but lesser fame: the longbow and crossbow, metal stirrups, and quarantine.
The longbow and crossbow, or arbalest, were small and transportable, but lethal weapons used during war and were potentially the
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Although the reason for the adjustment is unknown, theories suggest that, due to the dominance of Christianity in Western Europe, forty days was assumed from a Christian practice called Lent. During Lent, Christians fasted to purify themselves and their spiritual conscience. Coincidentally, people with illness waited forty days for their body to be cleansed of the disease. Other theories suggest that thirty days was simply not effective enough. During the Middle Ages, the Bubonic Plague (Black Death) was spread by rats and sailors traveling on merchant ships over trade routes and was a constant threat. The plague spread quickly among the dirty streets of the heavily populated cities in which people were crowded together. Eventually, a law was passed requiring ships to wait 40 days at …show more content…
Longbows date back to before the Middle Ages but were adapted; the crossbow was the product. Methods of archery have since greatly changed. Stirrups were remade out of metal for durability and strength and revolutionized riding style and war tactics. Medical advancements were made in terms of taking preventative measures to help delay the spread of the plague. Recent cases of quarantine were initiated to prevent the spread of other contagious diseases such as Ebola, Small Pox, Cholera, Yellow Fever, and a drug-resistant strain of tuberculosis. The quarantine process and prevention precautions saved many lives and thwarted any possible pandemics. Though these findings were not originally invented in Medieval Europe, their refinements and extensions achieved great success overtime as well as during the Middle

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