It was a time of kings, crusades and courtly love - the Middle Ages had something for everyone!
The Middle Ages is typically marked by the rise of the Christendom, and what a rise it was. Christianity would shape every aspect of life across Europe during this time as the pope in Rome became one of the most important figures and leaders in European society. However, this rise did not come without conflict, as bishops and clerics, who were sent to towns and villages across Europe, faced stiff opposition from local rulers who struggled with how much power to give the Church. These rulers were often in conflict themselves with other Christian rulers, so the Church could be a valuable ally if used correctly.
Aside from local rulers, Christianity also faced a major threat from the south as another religion rose to rival it. This would play out in Spain as three distinct, yet similar, religions were forced to live aside one another. Then, of course, in Northern Europe, pagans often clashed with Christians until mass conversions started when these pagans mixed into Christian society. Despite the conflict, the cultural exchanges that took place between these different groups shaped the future of European society.
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