Blessed Friar with faith on god walking toward the light
History

Cathars and Waldensians in the High Middle Ages

June 3, 2020

Cathars and Waldensians were ancestors of the religious reform movements, from the 12th century. Even though they believed in the Bible and followed it even more strictly than the Christian Church, many were executed as heretics. The Church did not want people to be true Christians, apparently. […]

Young priest reading the Holy Bible and stretching his hand
History

The Leading Heretics in the High Middle Ages

June 3, 2020

During the Middle Ages, society was highly religious. The public widely accepted the Church until a new kind of preachers offered new beliefs that looked as acceptable and worthy of following. Heretics in the High Middle Ages came to banish disappointment, but the Church felt endangered and fought back. […]

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History

Heresy in the High Middle Ages

June 2, 2020

In the Early Middle Ages, heresy was an occasional occurrence. However, Heresy in the High Middle Ages turned into a threat to the Christian Church. There were heretical movements formed and preached, and the Church executed many people simply because they did not kill a chicken! […]

Statue of Benedictine Monk in Hvar, Croatia
European History

The Cluniac and Cistercian Reforms to Benedictine Monasticism

May 19, 2020

Even though the High Middle Ages remember Benedictine Monasticism as an integral development in Culture and Religion, its prevalence was ephemeral, and it soon saw a number of reforms. Read about The Cluniac and Cistercian Reforms, two important Movements in the development of religion during this period. […]

Santa Maria de Montserrat Abbey, A Benedictine Monastery in Spain
European History

The Rise and Fall of Benedictine Monasticism

May 19, 2020

The High Middle ages witnessed a number of developments in society, culture, and religion. The spread of Benedictine Monasticism was an extremely important development, which paved the way for religion and culture going forward while ultimately dying out itself. […]

Rome's first emperor, Augustus' bronze statue.
European History

The Golden Age of Roman Literature

April 27, 2020

The Golden Age of Roman Literature and the reign of Rome’s first emperor, Augustus coincided. Augustus patronized several artists and writers, including Horace, Ovid and Virgil. […]

Marble Statue of Cicero, the great orator of ancient Rome.
European History

The Humble Beginnings of Roman Literature

April 27, 2020

Roman literature began by imitating Greek literature, Roman authors used to mimic their Greek counterparts. This continued till Roman literature discovered its own voice. […]

Medieval queen with her knights on guard.
History

The Status of Women in Medieval Europe

April 19, 2020

Gender discrimination was prevalent in the High Medieval Era. During this period, women faced substantial challenges in all aspects of their lives, including religion and economy. But there were also some curious opportunities. […]

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