The European Worldview during. The middle ages. The Middle Ages in Europe spanned from the year 450 – 1350 or the 5th – 14th centuries. Something to think about….
In your notebook, copy the followingchart. Then, withinyourassigned group, compare how life duringthiserawouldbedifferentfrom life today in each of the 5 listeddomains:
Middle Age Europe
To meet our primary needs we go to school for years to learn this and that to gain knowledge and skills to help us find meaningful employment that pays a good salary so we have enough money to buy
Dring the Middle Ages
Dring the Middle Ages
The Rich and Poor
Whywouldn’t an impoverishedpeasant commit suicide if life wassomiserable, invaleable and difficult ?
Before we do a comparason with the Middle Ages, let me ask you this….
If youcouldmeetanyone in the world? Living or Dead? Factual or Fictual… whowoulditbe?
The harshness of life was an everyday reality for the poor and religion / spiritualityplayed a part in making the pooraccept and cherish the intolerablecruelties of such a life style.
The poorbelievedthatGodhimself chose for eachperson to live the life theyhad been given, thus, one must accept the paththeyweregivenwithout question.
The pope and High Clergywerepercieved by the people as being direct representativeschosendirectly by God, living on earth to carry out hiswill. Thus, no one could question theircommands for fearthat if theyrefused to cooperate, theywouldburn in hell for all eternityaftertheirdeath.
Thisbelief / value held by the people of medevaleuropehad a huge impact on their actions and is know as ...
Everythingwillbesogreat once we die and go to heaven!
The reason the pooracceptedsuch a apoorquality of life isbecausetheybelievedthat if theyaccepteditnow, theywouldberewarded in the afterlifewitheternalhappinessalongside of God in heavenafterdeath.
This is the life thatwaschosen for us by Godmy son!
I want to die!
Accoriing to theirworldview, the Christian WorldView, life wasmerely a path to eternalparadiseat the side of God in Heavenafterdeath.
Theyhoped to live a short life on earth… There was no value for life … itwassimply a means to and end!
In thisform of government, people wereplaced in social classes decidedupon by birth… theywerehereditary and impossible to get out of...In Europe during the Middle Agesthisiswhat the Feudal System Consisted of…
The Pope had more power… because he was God’s right hand man!!
The Church had a lot of influence on decisions made by the King and the Nobles whenit came to ruling the daily life of the people. Manyclergymentusedtheir power and influence to do good and help the people
« Forgive me Father for I have sinned I have commited a serious sin. »
I have power…
I want MONEY!!
I have money!
I want Power!
« Oh my! This is a seriousmatter… thereis, however, a solution to yourproblem!
I killed one of my serfs!
« Give the Church a generous donation.. In this case a rather large one… seing as how thisis a serious offense… If you do this, wecan pardon yoursins!»
You’retelling me that all I have to do to savemy souls fromperishing for all an eternityispay a sum of money?
… Do youacceptmastercard?
You are going to be reborn. I have placed all of the different roles from the Feudal Hierarchy into a hat and you will choose one of the role, and we will re-enact how life during the Middle Ages worked!!!
Don’t look at your role until I tell you to.
We’re gonna relive the Middle Ages to experience first hand how it really worked!!!
Whatever he says GOES!!!
Hereyou are my noble Cousin … !
The King gives the Nobles land and serfs / slaves
Ohhh… justwhat I have alwayswanted… some land and a slave
Slaves are attached to the land of their Noble Master. Theyare treated as inferiors, viewed as possessions, and canbeexchangedlikecattle. They are regarded and treated as animals. Ther must do whatevertheir masters command of them.
In exchange for being allowed to live there, they had to cultivate and work the land, give the Noble owners a quantity of their crops and fight for them in times of war.
Because of the factthattheir position washeriditary, the children of peasantswerealsopeasants, the grand children and greatgrandchildrentoo …
Mes enfants seraient des serfs aussi!