The Medieval Church and its Influence, by Gloria Chibs.Posted: June 11, 2012
ARCHITECTURE OF THE CHURCH, THE DIFFERENT PARTS OF THE CHURCH, AND WHAT THEY WERE FOR.
Medieval churches were mostly made of stone, with very little use of wood. The wood was mostly used for the ceilings, floors and doors. There are many different parts in the church, each part symbolizing a different/significant meaning. They were built using a Roman style and eventually in time Gothic becam the new church style trend. Many of the medieval churches still exist and are standing today. Here is a link to a site which will tell you about the many different parts of a church and their significance: www.fisheaters.com/churchbuilding.html
HOW DID THE CHURCH TREAT PEOPLE AND WHAT DID THEY DO FOR THEM?
Peasants would give a tenth of their money, or produce; grains fruits vegetables and animals during taxation/tithing; usually because peasants were poor and hadn’t much money to spare. This money they’d use for helping the poor, and building more churches and hospitals. Peasants would work with the church for free, and usually not have much time for their own needs. The church would tell people that if they didn’t pay their tithes, their souls would go to hell when they passed on. People in medieval times believed that they could only go to heaven IF the church let them, they believed this and this only; because that was what the church had told them. Some Christians would go out and plunder and kill for riches, and claim it was in the name of God. But the church also did good things for/to the poeple. During the times of the Bubonic Plague, (or ‘black death’), the churches nuns and priests would tend to the sick. They looked after them and cared for them; feeding them and cleaning their wounds. Some Monks and Nuns in the church would help/work in the monastery growing fruits, vegetables and herbs. They also spent time praying for their people.
WHY DID THE CHUCRH HAVE SO MUCH INFLUENCE?
Because the peasants were uneducated and unable to read, they relied on what the church would tell them, they could not prove that what they were teaching them was incorrect. It is probable that the church would lie a lot to put themselves in a better light. The church could take advantage of the uneducated peasants and people, they would have been able to give false teachings and the people would without questioning, believe them. The church became rich because of the peasants money and produce. But some of the church members would use it on themselves instead of providing for the community. The church also had no one to answer to, so they could pretty much do whatever they wanted, without being told it was wrong. Only the church had access to bibles, and mostly only they could read them because everyone else was uneducated. Without being to read and also without a bible they wouldn’t be able to tell wether what the church was saying was true or not. People only listened to the church about wether or not they could go to to heaven; or wether they would be going to hell. The church had alot of control over the people. It is safe to say that the medieval church is very different from our churches today.