Canterbury Tales - Medieval Church



In discussing Chaucer's collection of stories called The
Canterbury Tales, an interesting picture or illustration of the


Medieval Christian Church is presented. However, while people demanded


more voice in the affairs of government, the church became corrupt --


this corruption also led to a more crooked society. Nevertheless,


there is no such thing as just church history; This is because the


church can never be studied in isolation, simply because it has always


related to the social, economic and political context of the day. In


history then, there is a two way process where the church has an


influence on the rest of society and of course, ...

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of people who


hedged their bets by practicing both Christian and Pagan rites at the


same time, and in the number of people who promptly apostatized when a


Christian king died. There is certainly no evidence for a large-scale


conversion of the common people to Christianity at this time.


Augustine was not the most diplomatic of men, and managed to


antagonize many people of power and influence in Britain, not least


among them the native British churchmen, who had never been


particularly eager to save the souls of the Anglo-Saxons who had


brought such bitter times to their people. In their isolation, the


British Church had maintained older ways of celebrated the major


festivals of Christianity, and Augustine's effort to compel them to


conform to modern Roman usage only angered them. When Augustine died


(some time between 604 and 609 AD), then, Christianity had only a


precarious hold on Anglo-Saxon England, a hold ...

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Latin. The Church trained its own men, and these went to


help in the government: writing letters, keeping accounts and so on.


The words 'cleric' and 'clerk' have the same origin, and every


nobleman would have at least one priest to act as a secretary.





The power of the Church is often over-emphasized. Certainly, the


later medieval Church was rich and powerful, and that power was often


misused - especially in Europe. Bishops and archbishops were appointed


without any training or clerical background, church offices changed


hands for cash, and so on. The authority of the early medieval Church


in England was no different to that of any other ...

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