Essay on The Renaissance in Europe

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The Renaissance

     The Renaissance, which started in Italy, provided great advancements in the quality of

life to the Europeans during the 1300’s through the late 1500’s. Increased trade provided Europe

with an abundance of weath,which allowed culture to flourish. People focused much of their

time on art and literature during this era. Many religious changes took place during the Renaissance, partly due to the Reformation of the Catholic Church. People broke free from religious and social oppression, and Europe became “reborn”.
     During the Renaissance, or “rebirth”, of Europe wealth increased dramatically. The Crusades which preceded the Renaissance, provided Western Europe
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In 1502, the Holy See ordered that all books challenging papal authority must be burned. This order came too late however, and the spread of freethinking during the Renaissance continued despite the censorship from the church.
The Religious establishment went through many changes during the Renaissance. People relied less on the church for guidance and focused more on their inner faith. Revolutionists challenged the doctrine of the Catholic Church, and new religions formed. Many people resented the church for its practice of selling indulgences to raise money. In 1517,a man named Martin Luther led a revolt against the Catholic Church by posting a list of statements challenging its integrity. He started the Protestant Revolt by protesting against the churches beliefs. Protestantism spread quickly spread through Europe during the 1500’s, and many people left the Catholic Church to follow Protestant teachings. The Catholic Church realized that a change had to be made, and during the mid-1500’s a movement called the Catholic Reformation took place. Religious leaders formed the Council of Trent and banned the selling of indulgences. Catholics started new religious orders ,such as the Jesuits, in order to draw people back to Catholicism. Their efforts paid off and many people reverted back to the Church, although Protestantism still remained strong. During the Renaissance people expressed individuality in their religious beliefs, ideas, and art.

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