Role of the Church in the middle ages

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The Role of the Church in the Middle Ages


The Middle Ages, is the period of the history between the years 1066 to 1485, consist of two parts divides by historians, they are Early Middle Ages (1066-1290) and The Later Middle Ages (1290-1485). In this long period of the history the Church had gone a special and important role.

The Medieval Church played a far greater role in Medieval England than the Church does today. In Medieval England, the Church dominated everybody's life. The Medieval society was considered a projection of God's wishes, so it is extremely difficult conceive The Middle Ages without the existence of the Church. To understand better the role of the Church in this period I am going to explain the thought of three authors who have seen several parts of these ages. To start with the essay, I have explained the thought of the author Sidney Painter who justify in his book, A History of The Middle Ages the role of the Church during the complete mediaeval time.

The second part of the essay is how does de Church had influenced in the economy and in the society, because how I said before, the Church dominated the life, economy and society was the most important sectors in life , therefore the most affected for the changes . Finally I have argued the thought of an important figure of the, Saint Thomas Aquinas and how mixed religion and philosophy until then separated in two different ways.

Firstly, I am going to explain how does the mediaeval theocracy achieve at its Height, to the power. The Papal monarchy was in full flower at these ages, after the Investiture Struggle or the Investiture Controversy, war that confronts the...