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  • Political Privileges Of The Church
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    The Dark Ages of Europe were called such for several reasons. One of the more notorious reasons was the state of the Catholic Church. In the years before the Reformation, members of the Catholic clergy had reached an all time low in terms of their morality. The abuses of clerical power and privileges by the medieval clergy spanned all parts of their daily lives. Members of the Catholic clergy were financially, politically and socially corrupt. Each of these corruptions made up the enormous relig...
  • Corruption In The Church Chaucer
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    Corruption in the Church Chaucer lived in a time dictated by religion and religious ideas in which he uses The Canterbury Tales to show some of his views. Religion played a significant role in fourteenth-century England and also in Chaucer's writing. His ideas of the Church are first seen in 'The Prologue,' ; and he uses seven religious persons to show the influence of the religion in his writing. Although many of his characters appear to portray part of the corruption in the Church, he does giv...
  • Dream Visions
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    Many regard Langland's work as a variation on the classic 'Pilgrim's progress's tory for the fourteenth-century Christian. The poem is often called a spiritual autobiography; but this is a simp liste description, the ironical result of the very vividness of Langland's presentation of his dreamer. The poet records a spiritual crisis that he experienced after a disputation with friars in later years. The poem, like Dante's, is certainly in one sense a Pilgrim's Progress -- but hardly in Bunyan's s...
  • Clergy Of The Medieval Christian Church
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    Canterbury Tales-A personal perspective on the Medieval Christian Church In researching Geoffrey Chaucer's collection of stories named The Canterbury Tales, an interesting illustration of the Medieval Church becomes evident. A crooked society exists within the corrupt, medieval church community. Not all of the clergy's intentions were corrupt, but as Chaucer, through his character the Pardoner, so well put it,' Radix malo rum est '; , (Love of money is the root of all evil). Many corrupted evils...
  • Middle Ages Characteristic Of The Medieval Church
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    The Christian Church in the Middle Ages played a significant role in society. Unfortunately though, the church is often regarded as the capital of corruption, evil, and worldliness. Today, so many people depict the medieval church as being led by materialistic popes, devouring tithes from poverty-stricken peasants, having various illegitimate children, and granting indulgences for money from wayward believers. Yes, circumstances like this may have been the case, and is often hard to disapprove, ...
  • Churchs Centrality To A Persons Life
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    In the summer of 1381 a large group of peasants led by Wat Tyler stormed London. These peasants, unwilling to pay another poll tax to pay for an unpopular war against France and discontent with unfair labor wages, freed prisoners from London prisons, killed merchants, and razed the home of John of Gaunt, considered the creator of the poll tax. Perhaps more important, however, was the rebels attack on the Temple, a symbol of the British Churchs wealth and power. The rebels burned the charters, le...
  • Simony And The Selling Of Indulgences
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    Decades past and present have been plagued by corruption all the way from the time of Moses to the Nixon presidency. Out of all the corruption that has occurred it seems that one of the most fraudulent is that of the Catholic Church. In the late fifteenth and early sixteenth centuries the dominating factor that motivated thousands of Catholic clergy, from the lowest friars to the pope, was money. It started out with the occasional small sin but escalated until it was out of control. Bishops were...
  • Corruption In The Church
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    Changes Of The Catholic Church As Portrayed In The Literature During The Late Fourteenth Changes of the Catholic Church as Portrayed in the Literature during the Late Fourteenth-Century In reading the poems Sir Gawain and the Green Knight and Geoffrey Chaucers The Canterbury Tales, it is evident that the church played a major role in the lives of the English people during the Middle Ages. The Catholic Church was going through many changes during the late middle ages. After the people of England ...

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