The Middle Ages or the Dark Ages

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The Middle Ages

Imagine having to bury your own children. How awful would that be? The Middle Ages were a brutal time that included the bubonic plague, many wars and other horrible things. This period is considered to be one of religion and the Catholic Church, but this was overshadowed by chaos and confusion. Although the Middle Ages is often known as the age of faith, a more appropriate title for the time period would be The Dark Ages because of the black death, wars and the collapse of government.
The Black Death caused intense suffering and many problems across Europe. According to the book, The Black Plague the black death started when a twenty-five year old man who skinned a sick bobcat. “A Few days after this, the rancher began to feel sick. He suffered from headaches, chills, fever, and then nausea. He threw up several times. About five days after skinning the bobcat, he noticed a swelling the size of a baseball in his left armpit and became concerned” (Page 1). The Black Death, or also known as the Bubonic Plague killed one third of the population, or 25 million people. So many people died and it became a common thing, to see another person suffering. As said by Agnolo di Tura of Siena “It seemed that almost everyone became stupefied by seeing the pain. And it is impossible for the human tongue to recount the awful truth” (doc 11). As this quote shows, many people suffered from the plague. The plague took millions of lives. As stated in the book Life During the Black Death “famines, wars, and a host of deadly diseases all took millions of lives during the 1300s but the worst single calamity to wrack this troubled century was the black death” (page. 8). As this quote shows, the black death killed far more people than ...

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... in the church so much that they were willing to devote their whole lives to it. Whilst this period did see a rise in the influence of the church, this reflected a need for people to find some comfort against the hardships of disease, wars and the chaos from government collapsing.
The Dark Ages is a better name for the Middle Ages than the Age of Faith because of the Black Death, the many wars and the collapse of the system of government. The Black Death caused death, intense suffering and caused many problems across Europe. War, attacks and invasions were common during the Middle Ages. finally, the system of government crashed. Whilst, many did seek comfort in the church, given the widespread death, suffering and mayhem, I feel that the Dark Ages would be a more appropriate description of these times as there were more disasters than anything in the Middle Ages.

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