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The Age Of Faith: The Dark Ages

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From the fifth to the fifth teen century, Western Europe went through a period called the Age of Faith, also known as the “dark ages”. The church wanted more power and authority, and that implicated a few changes. Not only did the internal structure of the church change, but so did the external. Thus the Age of Faith was simulated, and encouraged battles and adventures. This age was influenced by many factors, such as the reforming of the church, rebuilding of the church, and the crusades.
Basic principles had to be returned to the church, as there were still many issues. Priests married and had families, which was against church verdicts. The act of simony, selling and buying of church positions, was an extensive practice. The last major issue was the kings who appointed bishops, when only the church had the capability to do so. All these complications lead to the reformation of the church. Now the laws against priest marriages and simony were enforced by the church leader, the pope. The church was composed as a kingdom, with the pope as its head, and the papal Curia, as the pope’s advisers. The Curia acted as a court, “It developed cannon law (the law of the Church) on matters such as marriage, divorce, and inheritance.” (p. 2) Moreover, the church further collected a tithe, which is a tax of one tenth of the yearly income. Effects of the renovation of the church also affected the external world. Men became friars, which was a traveling preacher spreading the word of God. Now that the internal structure of the church was reformed, it was time for the external.
Large churches, called cathedrals, was built in city areas, and was considered to be the City of God. Cathedrals were constructed in an array of styles. Starting in the 800s, cathedrals were built in a Romanesque style, which was constructed of round arches, heavy roofs held up by thick walls and pillars. Walls had tiny windows which let in little light. In the 1100s cathedrals architectures changed to a style called Gothic. Gothic style took the opposite direction of Romanesque, and reached out for the sky. Along with its tall...

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