The Importance Of The Dark Ages

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A Time of Loss

The Dark Ages deserves its name because during this time Europe lost its liberty,

literacy and life. Europe was on its way to growing into an advanced society, but with invasions

impacting the populace of Europe it’s growth was majorly stunted. These invasions made Europe

regress to a rudimentary society that based their way of living off of fear. During this time, many

people feared for their lives and reverted to a way of society that was beneficial for their

protection. They forgot how to live and knew only how to survive.

Due to all the incoming invasions, from groups such as the Vikings, people were fearful

of losing their lives.“In 410, the Visigoths burst into Rome. For the first time in nearly 800 years
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People like knights were paid to fight for the lord while serfs

would maintain the lord 's land, it seemed like the safest way to life at the time. The problem

with it was that they could never improve their status, they were forced by fear into an ongoing

cycle. With everyone fearing for their lives people lost the finer things in life like art and

literacy. “In the Middle Ages, peasants faced many hardships. They worked long days doing
Tayo 2 difficult labor to feed their families and pay their lords.” (Cels 1) Their lives were so focused on

just surviving there was no time for education or art. Schools had died out because there simply

wasn’t time. “Monasteries were the only institutions of learning left.” (Cels 1) These were used

by priests to practice their religion, and that meant that there was no education of the youth. An

uneducated youth leads to slowly developed society. All the kids ever aspired to do was lead

simple lives and would most likely be serving under people.

If living in the cycle of poverty wasn’t bad enough the people in this time period had
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While the times may have been dark there was a light that shined through the

darkness. This light gave people hope in times of loss. The Dark Ages shouldn’t be called the

Dark Ages, they should be called the Age of Faith due to all the people leaning on Christianity.

“Church history entails a prophetic dimension because this institution, has a future , in principle,

no end.” (Newman 1009) People turned to religion because it answered all questions and never

ended. People were faithful during the middle ages and leaned so heavily on religion that it

should be known as the age of faith.

The Universities in the middle ages do not show any sort of an advanced society. All they

did was teach people how to read and write Latin so they could interpret the bible. These

universities were heavily focused on religion and nothing else. These universities were limited in

their education and also only useful for adults. They have no form of child education which

would create an educated generation that could potentially improve their status. Although some may believe the middle Ages should be called the age of faith because of

all the cathedrals and monasteries, this is not a strong position because they only resorted

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