Individual Violence In Medieval Europe

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The Scarcity of Secular Institutions Vetted Power in Individual Violence: Agree or Disagree Insert Name Insert School Insert Class Medieval Europe was a place of little authority. The Catholic Church was the only steady authority, and power was largely in the hands of the people with the largest army or most money. Violence was a common method of solving problems, with the famous example of the murder of Count Charles the Good. However, some may question whether this violence was encouraged by the lack of secular institutions. To comprehend how the institutions influenced violence, one must first understand the authorities and powers of the age. How does authority relate to power in the context of Medieval Europe? In the following pages, the secular institutions of Medieval Europe will be discussed, followed by an analysis of both arguments. There will then be an explanation and an example of authority and power, and then a conclusion. In Medieval Europe, secular institutions were scarce and ineffective (Galbert, 81-85). Society was built around manors, and the lords of the manors had dominion over their institution (Manorial Documents, 355-366). However, there was no overall…show more content…
Medieval Europe was run by petty lords, counts, and kings, and the only unifying institution was the Catholic Church. Authority was vested in men without efficient means to enforce their authority. Power was in the hands of those with money and force. This instability of institutions led to a rise in individual violence, as demonstrated with the murder of Charles the Good. Some may believe that the violence of this period was brought upon by the secular institutions, but the mere lack of these institutions proved to be the true cause. Through strong historical examples, it is clear that the scarcity of secular institutions vetted power in individual
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