Middle Ages Term Paper

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Middle Ages


The history of the modern world derives from thousands of years of human history. Embedded
in its history are the many eras of man which have constructed our modern learning, art,
beliefs, and order. The middle ages, although represented as "dark", backwards, and idle,
were in fact a bridge linking the classical and modern world. Medieval society may not
have been in a sense glorious, but the era of itself was a prime foundation of the modern
world's newfound stability, a revival of the law and teachings from the classical era, a
reinvestment and reform in the church, and a precursor to the golden age of art.


The government of the middle ages, as convoluted and variable as it was, ended up giving
way to a powerful revival of monarchial control. The feudal age had erupted due to the
monarchs inability to rule and defend holistically it's country during Norse and foreign
invasions in the 700's to 1000's AD. The emphasis shifted instead to local lords and
nobles who drew the king's power for greater local stability. This system flourished under
an influenced and uneducated nation, however, the rise of the middle and working classes
put a change to that. Skilled merchants began to form guilds, universities and learning
groups educated citizens, and a strengthening economy led the middle classes to object to
feudal lord's taxes and form their own charters of towns. The educated middle class was
now able to run their town fairly efficiently, which in turn, decreased influence of
feudal lords and revived the power and influence of the monarchy. The king could now
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