The Importance Of Education During The Renaissance

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After the Medieval Era in Europe, Europeans began to adopt a new way of thought which helped propel Italy and other European countries into the Renaissance. After the Black Death swept across Europe people began to stray away from the church. Countless people were upset that the Church could not stop the Black Death from spreading and killing almost two-thirds of Europe's population. Thus, people began to adopt a new way of thought which lead to the revival of classical Greco-Roman work and the study of humans and their accomplishments rather than focusing on religious figures. Europeans began to change their way of thinking after the Medieval Era by focusing on the importance of education, creating a secular society rather than a religious …show more content…
Men and women began to study the classical works of art of classical civilizations. Moreover, gender roles became weaker as some women became scholars and authors. For example, Christine de Pizan became a female author of two books and wrote about women’s education and the reason why women should be educated. In her book, The Book of the City of Ladies, she writes that men who think that women should not be educated are wrong and that not all of the men's opinions are logical and supported with sense. However, during the Medieval Era, women took care of household duties and did not leave the house frequently. Women raised kids while the men went to work. This shows that education assisted women to develop a voice in society unlike in Medieval times when they didn’t have one. Similarly, in an excerpt from Baldassare Castiglione in The Courtier, Castiglione states that a successful man should be well versed and educated in writing verse and pose. As it can be seen from the perspective of a Renaissance author, being educated in writing and reading was an important quality of a successful man. Unlike Medieval times where success was most commonly gained by participating in wars, during the Renaissance a successful man was defined as a person who is educated in the humanities. As a result of the war culture, education was seen as a useless aspect of life as it was pointless if you were not going to become a …show more content…
Prior to Renaissance, people were united under canon law which was a set of rules created by the church and enforced by the pope. This was successful at restricting the people because they were deeply religious. However, the church slowly became corrupt thus scholars and government officials demanded a secular government to maintain order over people. In an excerpt from Life and Letters of Erasmus by AJ. Froude he writes that he believes that the world is finally realizing that the religious leaders only care about money and their well-being rather than the well-being of the whole population. He also mentions that only the king (Henry VIII of England) can save and lead them to a golden age. As it can be seen from this document, people are becoming less loyal to the church because of its failure during the Black Death. Many secular leaders are gaining power during the Renaissance unlike the Medieval Era when citizens relied on the Pope and canon law to live civilized lives. In addition, humans are beginning to focus more on earthly life rather than a spiritual one. Hence, the dependence on the church for spiritual salvation is decreasing and the demand for a secular ruler to govern over the people is increasing. In an excerpt from Petrarch’s Secret, translated by W.H. Draper the author tells the reader that earthly concerns are more important

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