Anonymous asked in Education & ReferenceHomework Help · 9 years ago

Some homework help on medieval religion?

K so heres the question - give at least 3 reasons why religion was so important during the medieval period. Thanks!

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    Certainly this is the time when the great cathedrals of Europe were built, and also when the Church began the great universities at Paris, Tubingen, Cambridge, and Oxford. This is the time when the Pope might excommunicate a king, and when the king might be very upset about it. Some of the most powerful men and women in the Middle Ages were involved with the Catholic Church.


    Religion was one of the key fundamentals of every day life. The majority of people such as peasants spent their life working, sleeping or in church. Being religious allowed the vast majority of the population in the middle ages to aim for something that they felt would be good. In the afterlife it was said that there were no hierarchies, everyone was equal, thus a lot of peasants and the others lower down the scale felt that if they worked in this life, they would be rewarded in the next.

    It kept many peasants from becoming rebellious, until the Peasant's revolts that is, and as an overall it kept everyone from acting out and the country from being put into complete anarchy, as there was fear of what was waiting in the afterlife. Sure, there were many theocratic King's who, in their actions, revealed that they were not religious, yet on their death beds many were moved to repentance, showing that religion did have a great impact on everyone.

    Being religious did not just give you guidelines, it also provided a social network for peasants and those others in the lower hierarchies. At church you would hear mass, witness ceremonies etc. However, it also gave people the opportunity to talk to each other, to catch up on gossip, to flirt with that certain guy/girl you'd had your eye on in the fields.

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  • 9 years ago

    The church was a huge influence on a kingdom. In the medieval period there was not a huge gap between church and state, so truely the church was the "power" behind the thrown. However, this relationship was used vise versa as well. Many used religion itself to cause war, the Crusades for example, as a front for a more political standpoint. A great book for you to read would be "The Pillars of the Earth." However, there is a mini series as well on starz.

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  • koroly
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    3 years ago

    this could nicely be somewhat later than my learn, yet: Monasteries are communities of priests. They have been centres of discovering and therapeutic and the repositories of books and manuscripts. They nevertheless exist at present. each and every Order of priests stay via a various "rule", eg the Sistecians, the Dominicans and so on. Pilgrimages are merely journeys, usually undertaken as a penance to a holy place or shrine. those could nicely be the resting places of the keeps to be of saints and such like. St Anselm (1033 – 21 April 1109) replaced into an Italian medieval fact seeker, theologian, and church respected who held the workplace of Archbishop of Canterbury from 1093 to 1109. pronounced as the founding father of scholasticism, he's familiar because of the fact the originator of the ontological argument for the life of God and since the archbishop who brazenly adversarial the Crusades. St Thomas a Becket c. 1118 – 29 December 1170) replaced into Archbishop of Canterbury from 1162 to 1170. he's honored as a saint and martyr via the two the Roman Catholic Church and the Anglican Church. He engaged in conflict with King Henry II over the rights and privileges of the Church and replaced into assassinated via followers of the king in Canterbury Cathedral. he's likewise often familiar as Thomas à Becket, even however this manner won't have been contemporaneous. The "à" is now believed to be an entire blunders. Historian John Strype wrote in his Memorials of Thomas Cranmer (1694): "that's a small blunders, yet being so oft repeated deserveth to be pronounced into corrected. The call of that archbishop replaced into Thomas Becket. If the vulgar did until eventually now, because it doth now, call him 'Thomas à Becket' their mistake is to no longer be accompanied via discovered adult men." although, the Oxford Dictionary of English, the hot Oxford Dictionary for Writers and Editors and Chambers Biographical Dictionary all desire St. Thomas à Becket.

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  • 9 years ago

    This website might be of some help..good luck(:

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