The Medieval ChurchPosted: June 12, 2012
How did the church become so powerful?
The afterlife was the main concern in the middle ages. The church had power over you no matter how wealthy you were. That power was used to collect taxes and tithes which in turn created more power.
the medieval Church was so powerful was because the made laws and set up courts to uphold them.
The more I learn about the Middle Ages, the more I am impressed by the wisdom, science, and intelligence of its people. The above answers may be conventional understanding, but the conventional understanding is supported by neither the facts nor historical record. Furthermore, they ignore the most powerful reason the Church had power, which was that it was at the center of what people believed; asking why the Church was powerful in the middle ages is in some respects analogous to asking why science is so powerful today. As to the facts, we do not have a lot of evidence from the early middle ages, because people did not keep much in the way of records, but what records we do have do not support the idea that people were generally illiterate.
How did the stained glass windows assist in telling stories in the bible?
Stained glass windows was originally used in the medieval times as a “biblia pauperum” Which meant “poor man’s bible” they were used in the time when people couldn’t read or write, so stained glassed windows were used as a substitute for bibles and hymnals since each and every one of the windows tell a story people could understand and open their eyes to what the picture in the stained glass window meant. They could incorporate narratives drawn from the bible, literature or history, they may also represent saints or patrons or even use symbolic motifs. Each one was different, and each one represented a different sorry in the bible, like they might have Marry holding baby Jesus, or Jesus on the cross, they could have any story.
Describe some of the positive influences the medieval church had within its community.
It provided teaching to a lot of people, not just the clergy, monks, and nobility. The Church ran schools for those who had right families. This sometimes included merchants and tradesmen. Not only did The Church provide education, it provided secure transport along colonist routes.
It was a common pastime among noblewomen and nuns in convents to embroider altar cloths for churches as well, and making vessels for the altar kept goldsmiths busy, too.
Since the church was so much a part of everyday life, and so wealthy, it was able to give its patronage to many different types of artists. This, in turn, meant that for a very long time the art produced was primarily religious in nature.
As a side note, you might see religious paintings with other individuals included in the scene. These were normally portraits of royals or nobles who often paid for such paintings (usually on wood) to be put on diptychs or triptychs. Most of the time, these ‘portraits’ were very stylized, so it’s difficult to determine, after all this time, if they were true to life or not.