The Middle Ages: The Contributions And Achievements Of The Dark Ages

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The Middle Ages are a misunderstood period of history in which the popular view is that they were a dark and gloomy time with little or no progress. This is due to the careless terminology coined by many historians In fact, the Medieval Times were much brighter times than what is commonly believed. Many accomplishments made during these times attributed to the progression of history. The Medieval Times were not actually a “Dark Ages,” but rather a bright time filled with progress thanks to religious unity, cultural achievements, and innovation. The Catholic Church integrated order and established peace in the Middle Ages by enforcing rules and enacting peace movements. The Church maintained a court system to punish those who had committed crimes. Any clergy guilty of religious offenses were also put on this trial and dealt with according to canon law. A similar court system was used by the Church in Spain known as the Inquisition to find and punish heretics. Excommunication, interdict, and deposition were all actions taken by the Church as needed to establish order in the …show more content…
This system was similar to a contract and was in widespread use by 900 A.D.9 Feudalism was built on a series of hierarchies with noblemen acting as both vassals and lords. This is besides the king who was at the top of the hierarchy, and the knight at the bottom whose fief was large enough for only one soldier. In this system, noblemen were given an area of land called a fief by the king to have and tend to for his lifetime. In return for the land, the nobles were bound to furnish soldiers and money to the king. With the land received, the noble would then vow to give protection to vassals who lived on his land. To live on the noble 's fief, vassals were required to offer military service of his own and of his knights. They were also required to give money payments to the noble landowner on special

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