|Five myths about the Middle Ages
||[Sep. 25th, 2016|05:51 pm]
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Myth No. 1
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Christianity and Islam were constantly in conﬂict.
Myth No. 2
Everyone deferred to religious authority.
Myth No. 3
Europeans in the Middle Ages were white and Christian.
Myth No. 4
Everyone thought the Earth was ﬂat.
Myth No. 5
These were the ‘Dark Ages.’
In reality, the conception of the Middle Ages as the “Dark Ages” began with the Enlightenment. These 17th- and 18th-century thinkers started considering how adherence to religion defined the ages of history. Before Christianity was “antiquity” (for them, good). The spread of Christianity was the “middle age” (bad). Then came the Renaissance revival of classical learning, when religion was cast off, beginning the modern world (good). Anything that held back that modern world was regressive, therefore “medieval.” Aristocracy held back equality, while the church held back science, and so on.
True, the Middle Ages contained violence, repression and terror. But those years also saw the creation of artistic marvels, the birth of the university, breakthroughs in the natural sciences and literature that still moves the soul. Modernity is no different.