From the Middle Ages to the Renaissance Analytical Essay by Jay Writtings LLC

From the Middle Ages to the Renaissance
An analysis of the transition from the Middle Ages to the era of the Renaissance.
# 117921 | 1,704 words | 7 sources | APA | 2009 | US
Published on Dec 24, 2009 in History (European - 16th Century) , History (European - 17th Century)

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The paper relates that the Middle Ages were a bridge between the Roman Empire and the eventual enlightenment of Western Civilization known as the Renaissance. The paper then explains why the common use of the term Renaissance to mean the cultural developments in Europe from the l4th to the 16th centuries is hazardous. The paper shows how there is no single answer to why the Middle Ages ended and there is no clear demarcation between the end of the Middle Ages and the beginning of the Renaissance. The paper questions the achievements of this period and concludes that the Renaissance was a mental and creative evolution, at best.

From the Paper:

"It was the Church that literally ruled everything- from housing to education to social live to employment, to politics and even the arts- music and what literature there was. And, money! Given that there were so many dukes and lords, who was really in charge? Who really ran things and provided funds for everything from the crusades to daily commerce? "The greatest single provider was the Church. She had an unparalleled organization for raising funds" (Durant 616).
"While the medieval Church obviously pervades every chapter and every decade of this period, the Church was too conservative in most ways, dictatorial and repressive in many others, to permit Man's imagination to soar. So, when intellects first began to differ from the dictates of the Church, it was a struggle that would continue until the more enlightened Popes and Bishops of the fifteenth and Sixteenth centuries made it easier to be creative."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Barry, William: "The Renaissance"New Advent- Catholic Encyclopedia
  • Durant, Will (1950): The Age of Faith New York: Simon & Schuster
  • Huizenga, Johan (1996): The Autumn of the Middle Ages Chicago: The University of Chicago Press
  • Rempel, Gerhart: "Renaissance for Whom?" Western New En gland courses/wc1/lectures/29renaissance.html
  • No author listed: "Health in the Middle Ages" Western Tradition

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