The middle ages began after the fall of the roman empire. It can be defined as a time of suffering, achievements, feudalism and minimal culture. The labels for the middle ages that best describe the era between 500 to 1400 in europe are the age of faith, the dark ages and age of feudalism.
The middle ages should be labeled age of faith because of the because of the good organization and the power of the catholic church. The power of the catholic can be strongly seen and represented in document 10. A Lot of money, materials and labor were required on building the church and only a wealthy and powerful organization build them. The church even tried to limit warfare between lands by putting order on days of peace when no battles or attacks could happen. In document 5, the church believes in the word of god, “Every sunday,friday, and saturday, and on feast days no one may commit murder, arson, robbery, or assault.” Besides power, the catholic church had a lot of influence over people. Some people even gave up the life they knew to follow god.
The middle ages should also be labeled the dark ages because of the years of suffering that went on from all the invasions occuring. Invaders, usually the north, would come into towns and make a waste of everything. These invasions made people live in fear and leave their homes. In document 1, “They sacked town and village and laid waste the fields… there is no longer any trade, only unceasing terror…the people have gone to cower in the depths of the forest or inaccessible regions.” Besides peoples homes being destroyed from invasions, many people were killed and their belongings and even loved ones were taken. In document 3, ” 842, in this year was there was a great slaughter in london and quentavic and rochester…843, the northmen, with their boats filled with booty, including both men and goods, return to their own country.” The dark ages were negative,so this label matches the terrible invasions that happened to these families.
Finally, the middle ages should be labeled age of feudalism because they were low on culture and achievements and lived off knowledge from civilizations before them. In document 6, “It performs the function of the knowledge and treasure of what had come before.” No creativity was put in by anybody everything was already there. In document 7, “medieval culture was in perfect, was restricted to a narrow circle of superior minds.” They never had nothing established and going for them.