Essay on The Humanistic Movement During The Middle Ages

2042 Words Mar 4th, 2015 9 Pages
When speaking to the the humanistic movement during the Middle Ages, historian Martin McGuire stated, "It set a basic pattern for the future". After the devastation of the Black Plague from the late 1200s to the mid 1300s, Europe was in great need of rebuilding both socially and economically. Many people turned to religion, while others strayed away from the spiritual outlook, believing that the solutions to the world’s problems lie in human thought and action rather than divine intervention. These people were called humanists, and their movement involved a focus on individually driven educational practices. Humanist writers such as Dante and Petrarch created literature that reflected their views on the world. They saw life as more than religious and societal rules. Humanists began to question many aspects of the Catholic Church: its values, theories, beliefs, and control, leading to changes and transitions in European society. These changes supported and created the rebirth that came after the Middle Ages, when the European continent developed and grew into what we know today as Europe. Through analyzing transitions in the Papacy, a development in art, and an increase in educational opportunities, it can be proven that humanism movement was critical in the development of the European society from the Middle Ages to the Renaissance.

After the devastation of the Black Plague, that started in the late 1200s, Europe’s population had decreased and it was ushered in a time…

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