The Renaissance Essay by chytah108

The Renaissance
This paper discusses the development of Europe's most progressive and productive era, the Renaissance.
# 58800 | 940 words | 3 sources | MLA | 2003 | US
Published on May 22, 2005 in History (European - 16th Century)

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This paper explains that, at the start of the Middle Ages, the power and behavior of the nobility hindered Europe's rise, but, as time progressed, the noble's role in these countries dwindled, allowing Europe to develop in the areas of science and industry. The author points out that, in Italy, the power of the nobility was relatively weak, and the strong central government encouraged the common people to learn, which influenced the whole of Europe with new ideas and approaches to life. The paper relates that, instead of using the fief or serf system to control his lands, the Pope, who made a supreme upper class of priests instead of using his nobles, encouraged knowledge, urbanization, and an upper class supportive of the movement now known as the Renaissance.

From the Paper:

"At first, strong nobility hindered Europe's transition from the Middle Ages to the Renaissance. This affected places like France and England, which had two of the strongest feudal systems in Europe. Because the upper classes were so strong, nations like these two had weak central governments, forcing the more powerful, wealthier entities to take the country's progress into their own hands. Without a real federal power, these affluent peoples upheld their own "powers of justice, and generally extended [their] authority over formerly free peasants.""

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