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Tanya Kazaryan Mrs.

Weissman
Brighton 904 3/10/2014

The Middle Ages
The Middle Ages stretched from roughly 500A.D.-1400A.D.. Some people say

that during the Middle Ages, Europe experienced tragedy’s. The Dark Ages are

characterized by decentralized government, loss of learning, and loss of common

language. The western part of Europe changed after the fall of the Roman Empire

because byzantine empire took over. Europe developed a political system called

feudalism as a way to protect themselves from invasions. The Middle Ages began with

the destruction of the Roman Empire and the disorder that followed, which led to the rise

of feudalism. During this period of darkness, the Roman Catholic Church provided

spiritual direction as well as many non-religious functions for the people of the times.

Even during a period of darkness, there was great achievement. I think the Middle Ages

were truly dark because of the horrible things that were happening during the time

period.

The first reason why I think that the Middle Ages were truly dark is that there was

a war between the barbarians and western Europe. According to document number one,

Frantz Funck-Brentano who made use of previously published texts to describe Europe

in the ninth and tenth centuries said that the Hungarians burned down the churches and

then departed with a crowd of captives. The government has fallen apart because of the

barbarians, which develops feudalism in Europe. Feudalism is the dominant social

system in medieval Europe, in which the nobility held lands from the crown in exchange
for military service. The barbarian invasions made Europe’s government Decentralized.

“The barbarians have broken through the ramparts. “There was no one who wept for any death. The third and final reason why I think the Middle Ages were truly dark is because the Europeans were in constant threat and they were afraid that they’re going to be attacked by Barbarians also because there were Turks and Arabs in Europe. These are the last reasons why I think the “Dark Ages” were truly dark.” This is the first reason why I think the “Dark Ages” were truly dark.” This is the second reason why I think the “Dark Ages” were truly dark. The second reason why I think the Middle Ages were truly dark is because many people died and everyone believed that it was the end of the world. was restricted to a narrow circle of superior minds”. And so many died that all believed that it was the end of the world. according to document number six. Pope Urban II who issued a call for a holy crusade and H. “Medieval culture was imperfect. for all awaited death. “They have killed and captured many. In conclusion.C. and have destroyed the churches and devastated the Empire. Agnolo di Tura was a chronicler from Siena. According to documents number two. Agnolo di Tura buried his five children with his own hands and there were also those who were so sparsely covered with earth that the dogs dragged them forth and devoured many bodies throughout the city.”. the “Dark Ages” were truly dark because there was a war between . According to document number five. He was also a shoemaker and tax collector. Davis who had the positive aspects of the Middle Ages said that the Turks and the Arabs have attacked the Europeans and have conquered the territory of Romania. according to document number four. four and six. Italy.

. “We must judge of them by their philosophy and law. because if you look at the other side. there is a side of their knowledge and law.the barbarians and western Europe. I think the Middle Ages were truly dark because of the horrible things that were happening during the time period. However. you cannot ignore that while Turks and Arabs were in western Europe they were still protecting Europe. but it cannot be dark. Another reason why the “Dark Ages” were truly dark is because they were in constant threat and they were afraid that they are going to get attacked. According to document number six. they managed to get back up. for all waited death. Another reason is because Turks and Arabs took over Europe. But it doesn’t change the fact that it was truly dark. Final reason is because there was no one who wept. by their poetry and architecture”. This shows that even though they went through hard times.