Medieval Europe Essay

786 words - 3 pages

Castronuevo PAGE 1
Medieval EnglandCrispin, the main character and Asta's son, was a poor peasant in 14th Century England. When Crispin was only 13, his mother died and his whole world crumbled. His mourning was soon replaced by inexplicable terror when, it seemed, the whole world was suddenly determined to see him dead! On the advice of his priest, Crispin escaped from the only home he had ever known and ran into a world he had never known. With him, he carried his only possession, a cross of lead. Young and possessing no experience in finding food with no friends nor family to turn to, Crispin with his limited skills, soon realized that his problems began to multiply. Crispin: The Cross Of Lead exemplified and vividly portrayed the existing society in Medieval England. Crispin saw the infrastructure of the existing communities in terms of achievement, commerce, and thriving population through his travel to several settlements in his quest for survival and adventure. Through Crispin: The Cross of Lead, Avi portrayed that Medieval England was developed politically, socially, and economically.During the Medieval era, the government refused to allow anyone other than those of royal blood to become the leader of the kingdom. Medieval England had a very strict monarchy. Crispin, the illegitimate son of the King, was to become the next king of England. However, he was, under extenuating circumstances, prevented from becoming the next king by John Aycliffe. Aycliffe, the brother of Queen Furnival, in his desperate desire to become the next king, entertained and hatched the plan to murder Crispin (Avi 9, 274). For Aycliffe, if Crispin were to be killed, he (Aycliffe) would be next in line to the throne since the current reigning monarchy did not have a child to assume the leadership of the kingdom. During that time, Medieval England's monarchy was indeed a very stern proponent concerning the traditional throne succession.The social structure of Medieval England was very developed. In the cities, there were many houses and manors. In addition, Medieval England also had enough resources and financial wealth to build massive churches for the religious worshippers. Throughout the story, the Catholic Church was the dominant religion everywhere, even in the small villages (Avi 25). Also, the city inhabitants can readily buy the food they need because the city allowed its people to sell food and produce from makeshift stands. They were so developed in...

Find Another Essay On Medieval Europe

The Black Death in Medieval Europe

1667 words - 7 pages The Black Death in Medieval Europe The Bubonic Plague, more commonly referred to as the "Black Death," ravaged Europe between the years 1347 and 1350 (Herzog, 2000). During this short period, according to Herzog (2000), 25 million people (which were about one third of Europe's population at the time) were killed. In another article, Herlihy (1997), however, claimed that two thirds of Europe’s population were killed. Nevertheless, it is

Oppression of the Proletariat in Medieval Europe

1456 words - 6 pages cyclic poverty among the poor for almost one thousand years, stifling scientific, artistic and social advancement. The stranglehold of oppression was only loosened after the cataclysmic events surrounding the Black Plague and increasing force from military powers outside of the strict medieval social order. Only after Europe was ripped from the clutches of class oppression could the Renaissance finally occur which allowed the Western world to

From Medieval Europe to Modern History.

3433 words - 14 pages Ages. Politically, economically, and socially, everything of the old system that had been tediously developed in the Roman Empire gave way. A new world arose based on religion, feudalism, and manorialism.In Medieval times the Roman Catholic Church embedded itself into the very core of everyday life in Europe. Setting before men a definite way of life, the Church served as means of education, spiritual redemption, and was both an important factor

Characteristics of Western Europe During Medieval Times

684 words - 3 pages During medieval times Western Europe was a very intriguing place, filled with governments like the Franks, religions like Catholicism, and many many wars. There were six main characteristics of Western Europe during the medieval times, and they were war, pestilence, religion, social injustice, and bad law systems. War was one of the things that caused great advancements in math, architecture, and weapons. The advances in math were caused by

The Change Of Status For The Women Of Medieval Europe

925 words - 4 pages The Change of Status for the Women of Medieval Europe Throughout the ages, women have been seen as subservient and compliant towards men. The spawning of the medieval age, however, brought about numerous changes for the benefit of the female gender. Women's status in northern and southern Europe improved drastically both privately (through property rights and more input in family matters), and publicly (owing to job advancements and education

Geoffrey Chaucer's View on Religion in Medieval Europe

1239 words - 5 pages : The Changing Face of Ovid in Medieval and Early Modern Europe. Ed. Keith, Allison and Rupp, Stephen. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2007, pp. 107-28.Edwards, Suzanne M. "Beyond raptus: Pedagogies and fantasies of sexual violence in late-medieval England." PhD thesis, The University of Chicago, 2006.Bahr, Arthur William. "Convocational and compilational play in Medieval London literary culture." PhD thesis, University of California, Berkeley

The Black Death, and It's Effect on Medieval Europe

1616 words - 6 pages submitted to the outside air, and its foul smells. The affluent people of Europe turned to tapestry weavers to create thick, intricate tapestries that could be hung over windows to prevent the outside air and stench from entering their residences. Although this likely did nothing practical to stop the pestilence from spreading, the tapestries provide beautiful examples of medieval artwork, and the creation of them started an entire trend in that

"The Waning Influence of Christianity in Medieval Europe"

2133 words - 9 pages Unlike the Roman Empire, which had dominated the continent, Medieval Europe was not a unified Mediterranean world. Germanic tribes invaded many areas and overrun Europe, creating separate kingdoms. The only element uniting these kingdoms was the gradual adoption of Christianity as the dominant religion. However, none of these early Germanic kingdoms enjoyed any longevity, as Viking invasions and the emergence of other empires would ensue. The

“In what ways did religion and economics influence the development of medieval Europe and Japan?”

905 words - 4 pages There are many things that influence the development of a time period, the two most powerful are religion and economics. Throughout history religion and economics have been used to shape entire eras, which is the case in both medieval Europe and Japan. Though the time period between the fifth and 15th century was once referred to as the Dark Ages, we now know more about this time period and the importance of it. In this essay we will delve

Class and Gender Issues in Medieval Europe.

1644 words - 7 pages In the Middle Ages two things determined one's opportunities in life--gender and social class. Throughout history upper class men have had more chances to move up in life, while women of all classes (especially the poor) did not have many opportunities to change their status. Women's choices and opportunities were different according to social status--upper classes (nobility), middle classes (guildswomen, merchants wives) and the poorest classes

How legal identity of women in Medieval Europe during the twelfth and thirteen centuries reflect and influence other aspects of their identity.

2124 words - 8 pages medieval society. However, analysis of laws and legal rights through court cases, personal accounts, and scholarly authors can offer valid arguments. The secular and ecclesiastical laws of western Europe during the twelfth and thirteenth centuries, influenced by Roman law, show women’s legal identities to be that of a child and secondary to man. As a result, women identified themselves as powerless, and inferior. It also showed how reputation in the

Similar Essays

Medieval Europe Essay

1373 words - 5 pages When we think of The Middle Ages we think of knights in shining armor, banquets, kings, and queens. To many people, medieval life seems heroic, entertaining, and romantic. In reality, life in the Middle Ages, a period that extended from approximately the fifth century to the fifteenth century in Western Europe, was sometimes all these things, as well as harsh, uncertain, and often dangerous. The crusades were a time of confusion for most people

Christianity In Medieval Europe Essay

1545 words - 6 pages of medieval Europe through its role in government, construction of religious buildings and devastating crusades. Community ideas, zeal and rivalry where things that pushed Christians to build extensively around their faith. People in the middle ages where often divided and needed organization. Christianity gave people a connection and allowed them to come together and meet like a social event (Medieval World). Christianity in the middle ages

The Rise Of Universities In Medieval Europe

1103 words - 4 pages century, not only in its organisation but also in the privileges and protection it received from Pope and King.” The Crusades were “a series of military campaigns during the time of Medieval England against the Muslims of the Middle east” (History Learning Site, 2009, online). They had a major influence on Europe because at that time Europe was united under a powerful papacy and although it was exposed to the Islamic culture for centuries, much of

Crime And Punishment In Medieval Europe

1212 words - 5 pages Lesson chosen: The lesson is situated in the fourth week, and is the eleventh and second last lesson in the unit outline. Lesson aims in relation to Content Focus: The aim of this lesson will be to develop students understanding of crime and punishment in Medieval Europe. As outlined in AUSVELS, this will include investigating different kinds of crime and punishment utilised and the ways the nature of crime and punishment has either stayed the