MEDIEVAL TIMES ESSAY
WAS THE TIME PERIOD BETWEEN 400 AD AND 1400 AD A “DARK AGE” FOR EUROPE?
WAS THIS TIME A CULTURAL DECAY AND DECLINE?
The Medieval Times for Europe, from the 400 AD till 1400 AD, are often labeled as “The Dark Ages”. This time period has begun after a turning point known as Fall of Rome. It caused Rome to divide into two well-known civilizations: Medieval Europe, Islam, and The Byzantine Empire. Also, Medieval Europe led to a well known utopian period of “rebirth” identified as the Renaissance. The time period between 400 CE and 1400 CE wasn’t a “Dark Age” for Europe because of progress in academic success, blossom in architecture, and religious unity along ...view middle of the document...
Education was flourishing at that time, special thanks to Charlemagne, “[Charlemagne] he patronized the arts and enthusiastically embraced learning. Charlemagne exhorted every cathedral and monastery to establish schools” (Article: Medieval Education and the Rise of Universities). Education helped preserve many important documents archeologist use today to study history as well as pass on important discoveries for generations.
During this time period Europe created new architecture designs while preserving old roman ideas. Architecture was a very important aspect in medieval history. Civilizations around the world were building beautiful buildings, but the European Cathedrals were breath taking. According to Medieval European Sculpture for Buildings article, “Some of the most inventive art of the Middle Ages appears in the expansive portals of churches, on the rectangular sides of piers, and on the cramped contours of column capitals”, today their artwork is still studied and well appreciated (Medieval European Sculpture for Buildings). Since religion was a big part in people’s lives they put everything they had into making it what they believed for. Cathedrals were very beautiful breath taking buildings that all around the world are praised. According to Document F, “the gothic style of architecture was common in the late Middle Ages”, such cathedrals took hundredths of years to build and many men to work for them, which included many generations of designing and the...