The Medieval Church


1# Describe the role of the church in the medieval ages

The Medieval church played a huge role in Medieval Ages in which it was completely in control over the people. Whether you were a peasant, a serf, a king or noble, the church dominated over all. The people were taught in the early ages that the only way to get to heaven was if the Roman Catholic Church allowed them. Heaven, Hell and God all existed to the people, it was what they were taught. They believed the way to get to heaven was to obey God, Kings and Nobles, if you didn’t you would burn in hell. Peasants were forced to work on church lands and take care of the church without pay. Tithes (10% of what the people earned within the year) had to be payed to the church. If peasants did not have enough money, livestock or food was needed to be given.  The peasants were told by the Church that if a failure to pay tithes occurred, it would lead to their souls going to Hell after they had died.

Although the church sounded pretty scary, it was highly important. The church was everywhere in the middle ages. They oversaw births, marriages, burials and ran schools & hospitals. They took care of the medieval people, physically and spiritually. Spiritually only through a priest, a monk, or a nun within the church could you receive absolution for sins, or indulgences. Physically the church was supporting orphans and poor of the area. In medieval Europe there was no such thing as social welfare in the state. Also the church was often the hospital of the area, many monks and priest had received medical training. The church definitely have a big impact on the people and culture of the middle ages.

2# Why did people fear the church?

The Medieval church was seen by the people of the medieval ages as terrifying and scary due to the power and wealth (from tithes) that the church had and owned. The church had all authority over the people. When the church taught people, they focused on the stories and myths about Hell which scared the people. Peasants were forced to take care of the church and were treated quite bad. People also had other reasons to fear the church such as crime and punishment. The church during the middle ages was very intimidating and took power over the people.

3# How did the medieval church punish people?

The Catholic Church used torture and imprisonment to obtain confessions from people regardless of whether they were guilty. They would punish people if they fell asleep in church or did not go at all. They also used torture to convert people to become Christian/Baptist or the religion of that country. The church would also deal with the victims in court if held guilty.

4# Write a comparison of the medieval church and today’s church.

In Medieval England, the Medieval Church played a far greater role than the Church does today. The Church dominated everybody’s life back in Medieval England. ALL the people believed that God, Heaven and Hell all existed. From the very earliest ages the people were taught that the only way to enter heaven was if the Roman Catholic Church let them. Everybody was scared and terrified of the fact that they might be going to hell and feared the church. In today’s society religious views are an individual aspect. Christians and other religions are free to enter a church and leave if so. People are not scared of hell or other religious views. Children and adults are not forced to learn about religion, it is all free will.

The Medieval Church was completely in control over the people. Peasants worked for free on Church land. It was difficult for the peasants as the time they spent working on Church land, could have been better spent working on their own plots of land producing food for their families. These days, people volunteer to help out in the church and sacrifice their own time to serve the church.

Both now and back in the Medieval Ages, people pay/paid 10% of what they earn(ed) in a year to the Church (this tax was/is called tithes). These days, people in the church usually pay their tithes with money but back then if peasants did not have enough money for their tithes, they could pay in goods (food, livestock,etc.)

2 Comments on “The Medieval Church”

  1. priscillalan says:

    Great Job! 🙂