Middle Ages Essay

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The Late middle age was a time period of the 14th and 15th centuries. During this time period is when you start to see the fall of the Middle Ages. Due to over population, famine and the Black Death. One significant event in the late 14th century of the medieval church was the Babylonian Captivity. This was the period in where the seat of the pop was moved form Rome to Avignon. The seat was held for 75 years before being moved back to Rome. Also around the time the Great Schism took place in where the division of the church took place. "Black Death" This disease wiped out up to ¾ of European population. The disease was spread in two forms (Bubonic and Pneumonic). Ships were quarantined, people were killed, and society was in a craze. There were periods of isolation and society thinking that this was the Armageddon for the world. In the end this plague helped to strengthen Europe in a way in how it decreased famine, increase jobs, decreased payments on goods, and raised the social standing of the economy. The Black Death followed with many upheavals by peasants and the way that people were treated in these kingdoms. There were many reasons for the downfall for the Middle Ages, but the most crucial ones were the decline of the feudal system, and the declination of the Church's power over the nation-states. In feudal society, everyone had a definite place and a definite role, with the power resting in the hands of the local lords (instead of a central government). The lords, or nobles, lost power after the Crusades, when the Europeans came into contact with the more advanced civilizations of the Byzantine Empire and the Muslims. That spurred the growth of trade, which in turn gave rise to a money system. The money system in turn caused the birth of a middle class, which didn't fit anywhere into the feudal system. It was made up of the serfs and

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