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Greg Whipple E. Aronstein Section 121 The Fall of Priests, The Rise of the Individuals From the mid 14 th century to the late 16 th century, people of the western hemisphere found resurgence in the Roman and Greek classic arts, the human body and soul, and a break from their religious standing. This period was known as the Renaissance, a time of rebirth and rejuvenation of the individual. Martin Luther and others would extend the beliefs of this time period into their own religious movements known as the Reformation. In essence, the Renaissance laid the foundation for the Reformation. The prelude to the Renaissance was a series of religious wars known as the Crusades from the late 1000s to the end of the 13 th century. Despite several efforts to take the holy land back from Muslim rule, the Christians of European states could not secure Jerusalem. However, many positive effects came from the Crusades such as: the rise of trade between eastern and western civilizations, prospering merchant towns, travel and exploration, as well as an intellectual look at eastern culture (http://www.middle-ages.org.uk). These are some of effects that will spark the minds of the western people as the Crusades introduced an entirely new world. Following the Crusades, Europeans began to separate themselves from the Roman Catholic Church. Their focus became drawn to the former from the Roman Catholic Church.... View Full Document

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