Middle Ages- Catholic Church

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The Middle Ages was a time of rebirth for the Church. The Church had a growing amount of power, and used this power to get messages sent to its followers. One important message created an ever-growing distance between believes and nonbelievers of the Church. Throughout the Middle Ages there have been inconsistencies with the doctrines and actions of the Church. There is one constant within the Church, throughout the Middle Ages the Church has opposed outsiders and has mistreated those outsiders from the Church. St. Augustine, a Christian, observed the chaos around him as the Vandals sacked Rome in 410. The sack of Rome is the marker of the end of the old Roman Empire. The people of Rome felt their old gods were punishing them for …show more content…
"‘The pagan force is great; from what I see, our French here are too few’” (Song of Roland, 1). Even though the Pagan army greatly out numbered the French army, they continued and prepared themselves for battle the name of God. “The French arise, stand on their feet again; they are absolved, released from all their sins: the Archbishop has blessed them in God's name. Now they are mounted on their swift battle horses, : searing their arms like faithful warriors; and every man stands ready for the battle” (Song of Roland, 2). It is seen here that the knights are released from all of the sins they commit on the battlefield. Since their work is in God’s name they have been absolved of all sins by the Archbishop. The work of a knight is very important, because to protect the land against pagan intruders is doing God’s work. Similar to the importance of defending ones land from the pagans, the crusade against nonbelievers became justified in the name of God. Again, death while in battle against pagans, who were in reality Muslims, washed away all sins. Participation in the Crusades enabled a knight to make it into heaven, the eternal City of God: "All who die by the way, whether by land or by sea, or in battle against the pagans, shall have immediate remission of sins. This I grant them through the power of God with which I am invested. O what a disgrace if such a despised and

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