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Chapter 15 Medieval Europe. Section 4 The Church and Society. I. Religion and Society (pgs. 544-552). The Catholic Church played an important role in Medieval Europe and used its powers to uphold its teachings.

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Chapter 15 medieval europe

Chapter 15

Medieval Europe

Section 4The Church and Society

I religion and society pgs 544 552
I. Religion and Society (pgs. 544-552)

  • The Catholic Church played an important role in Medieval Europe and used its powers to uphold its teachings.

  • Between 1050 and 1150, more monasteries were built and new religious groups were started.

New religious orders
New Religious Orders

  • The Cistercian (sihs-thur-shuhn) order of monks was founded in 1098.

  • The most famous Cistercian monk was Bernard of Clairvaux(klar-voh).

  • Clairvaux helped promote the Second Crusade and defended the poor against the rich.

Section 4 the church and society

  • In the 1200s, several new religious orders were created.

  • The men in these orders were called friars – comes from the Latin word “brother.”

  • Friars were different from monks in that they traveled around preaching.

  • They could not own property or personal wealth and lived by begging.

Section 4 the church and society

  • Francis of Assisi founded the first order of friars in 1209 who became known as Franciscans.

  • A Spanish priest named Dominic de Guzman founded another group of friars called Dominicans.

The role of religion
The Role of Religion

  • In medieval Europe, daily life revolved around the Catholic Church.

  • MASS – Catholic worship services (Sundays/holy days)

  • SACRAMENTS – rituals done in church (communion)

  • SAINTS – holy men and women who had died (Mary)

  • RELICS – bones/personal belongings of Saints (power/healing)

What was the inquisition
What Was the Inquisition?

  • The Catholic Church was very powerful in medieval times and wanted everyone to accept the Church’s teachings.

  • Heresy (hehr-uh-see) is having religious beliefs that conflict with Church teachings.

  • To combat heresy, the pope established a court called the Inquisition (ihn-kwuh-zih-shuhn).

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How were the jews treated
How Were the Jews Treated? their heresy and ask for forgiveness.

  • Many Europeans hated Jews for:

    1) Refusing to become Christians

    2) Being moneylenders who charged interest, which was considered a sin.

  • Hatred of Jews is known as anti-Semitism (she-muh-tih-zuhm)

  • Christian mobs killed thousands of Jews and many were forced out of their homes.

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  • II. their heresy and ask for forgiveness.Medieval


Medieval art and architecture
Medieval Art and Architecture their heresy and ask for forgiveness.

  • Architecture in the Middle Ages reflected the importance of religion.

  • People built large churches, called cathedrals.

  • Two popular architectural styles of that time are:

  • 1) Romanesque – rectangular buildings with long, rounded roofs, huge pillars, and thick walls

  • 2) Gothic – ribbed vaults, pointed arches, flying buttresses, large stained glass windows.

The first universities
The First Universities their heresy and ask for forgiveness.

  • Oxford University in Oxford, England was founded in 1231 and was one of the first universities established in Europe.

  • Universities were also opened in Bologna (buh*loh*nyuh), Italy and Paris, France.

Who was thomas aquinas
Who Was Thomas Aquinas? their heresy and ask for forgiveness.

  • Thomas Aquinas (uh*kwy*nuhs) was a Dominican friar who began a new way of thinking and studying theology called scholasticism (skuh*las*tuh*sih*zuhm).

  • Scholasticism combined Church teachings with reason and the teachings of Aristotle.

  • Aquinas also emphasized the idea of natural law.

  • He claimed that natural law gave people certain rights that the government should not take away:

    1) right to live

    2) right to learn

    3) right to worship

    4) right to reproduce

Medieval literature
Medieval Literature their heresy and ask for forgiveness.

  • During the Middle Ages, people generally spoke and wrote in Latin.

  • In addition, each region developed its own vernacular (vuhr*na*kyuh*luhr), or everyday language.

  • During the 1100s, new literature was written in vernacular:

  • 1) troubadour (troo*buh*dohr) poetry – love poems, often about a knight and lady

  • 2) heroic epic – stories of brave knights fighting for kings/lords