Medieval Times for Dummy's
Emily & Carly
The Catholic Church
The Catholic Church was the most powerful it's influences in Europe using the Middle Ages and feudalism. The church was structured on status. The Pope being at the top of the officials ruled over everyone. Under the pope was the bishops. The bishops role was to settle disputes over teaching and practices of the church. The lowest status of the church were the presits. Presits were important to the civilians because they were the easiest contact.
The Catholic Church had a very important role during the Middle Ages too. Since the Middle Ages were based on feudalism and very unorganized structure and divided many people one thing everyone could share were the same beliefs of the church. The church at this time bonded peopled together. The church provided sense of security and knowledge that no matter what their duties on earth were they all would be treated the same up in heaven.
Problems in The Catholic Church
The church held security for a lot of people but had a lot of problems in itself. All the prayers were written in Latin and more and more presit were not fully educated and could not read the prayers. Some of the popes being elected had a lot of people worried on how well their morals were. The bishops and abbots were caring too much on their feudal positions and forgetting their spiritual duties. Even the village presit were breaking church law. They were getting married and starting families. Bishops even citied simony.
Causes and Effects of The Crusades
England's Limited Constitutional Monarchy
100 years war
The Hundred Years War started when the last French King died with no heir to the throne. An English king Edward lll claimed that he had French blood and tried to claim the throne of French and become rule of both countries. Because of Edward lll's actions a feeling of nationalism emerged in England and France. The king was not only England's ruler but both countries ruler. The power and restive of the French monarch increased and finally England suffered a period of interal destruction known as the war of roses. The war of roses is where two noble horses fought for the throne.
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