Art museum Essay

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Art museum

the fall of Rome in 476 AD, the subsequent 1000 years made up a period of time called the
Middle Ages. The Middle Ages are often referred to as the Dark Ages because of the way of
life in Europe during that age. William Manchester suggests that this time period was
actually a dark age, in his A World Lit Only By Fire. Manchester describes the ‘Dark
Ages' as a "melange of incessant warfare, corruption, lawlessness, obsession with strange
myths, and an almost impenetrable mindlessness". He also states how famines and plague
repetitively thinned the population, and that "rickets afflicted the survivors".
Manchester strengthens his argument by establishing the fact that after a thousand years
of neglect, the roads built by Romans were still the best on the continent, and that their
was practically no stone buildings raised for ten centuries. Another situation that
Manchester comments on is that only one of every hundred murderers was every brought to
justice. In addition, he goes on to talk about how brutal the medieval tournaments were,
and how Christianity was the foremost principal in medieval life, that the Church became
the "wealthiest landowner on the continent, and the life of every European, from baptism
through matrimony to burial, was governed by popes, cardinals, prelates, monsignors,
archbishops, bishops, and village priests." Manchester also insists that the Medieval
world was a society that had not reached a relatively high level of cultural and
technological development. Manchester also enlightens us on the fact that less than once
percent of the souls in Christendom were wellborn, and that the rest - "nearly 60 million
Europeans - were known as Hans, Jacques, Sal, Carlos, Will, or Will's wife, Will's son, or
Will's daughter." Since most peasants rarely left their birthplace, there was "seldom need
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