western christianity of CE
Christianityplayed a great role in shaping the events that characterized theperiod between 600 and 1450 CE. Political and economic disintegrationwas the order of the day in central the western European region. TheRoman Catholic Church arose as the unifying factor owing to itseconomic, political and religious power. This period has often beenreferred to as the age of faith because the church shaped theEuropean lifestyle of that time.
Onthat note, this period was as also characterized by the rise of otherreligions such as Islam. Competition was rife between the Muslims andChristianity for influence. As a result, battles were inevitable.This was characterized by Christian crusades called for by pope urbanto defend the Christian regions. According to pope urban, Europeanknights had to rise in defense of the holly lands in easternMediterranean. This was aimed at curbing the Turkish Musliminvasions.
Asthe crusades gained momentum victory for Christianity in Middle Eastdrifted further. However, as the knights ventured further into theholly wars, the European territory experienced interaction with othercultures.
Usually,cities such as Venice and Genoa of Italy opened their water canalsfor knights’ transportation. On return from the Middle East,knights carried with them assortments from the battle field this wasan eye opener to the Europeans of the rich culture and wealth outthere.
Usingthe knights, European began what can be considered internationaltrade. New lands were discovered as well as shorter trade routesthrough the sea. The events led to the period of renaissance whereWestern Europe achieved intellectual growth and unification.1Owing to the role the church played in unification it became thesteward of all knowledge and established a system of education, fromthis point on Europe was to grow in much larger ways technologicallyand intellectually.
Von,Sivers P, Charles Desnoyers, and George B. Stow. Patternsof World History.New York: Oxford University Press, 2012. Print.
1 Von, Sivers P, Charles Desnoyers, and George B. Stow. Patterns of World History. New York: Oxford University Press, 2012. Print.