During the Great Schism, the peasantry was unaware of such event. No one told them as the priest himself had no knowledge either and the archbishop had the reasons to stay quiet. The people just continued to carry on with their daily lives going to mass, getting married, being baptized, and on. They showed no need to open their mouths to ask about Church affairs so all was as if nothing was happening.
Manchester finds using the using the phrase “Dark Ages” as an appropriate term for this period in history even though modern historians have already abandoned it. Manchester on the other hand may be wrong and should also maybe abandon the phrase like the modern historians did. Besides having a negative connotation, the phrase “Dark Ages” gives a sense of opinion as how one has portrayed this period in time which contradicts to what history really is. The history we learn is based on facts and cannot mix with what