The Middle Ages

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The Middle Ages, which lasted from the fall of Rome in the late fifth century until the  fourteenth century, are (somewhat exaggeratedly and incorrectly) often referred to as  the "Dark Ages," due to the relative lack of intellectual and economic progress made  during this long period. The Middle Ages were presided over by the Catholic Church,  which preached the denial of worldly pleasures and the subjugation of self-expression.  During the Middle Ages, European society was defined by the system of feudalism,  under which societal classes were hierarchically divided based on their position in the  prevailing agrarian economy. This system produced a large number of scattered, self- sufficient feudal units throughout Europe, made up of a lord and his subservient  vassals. These feudal lords were constantly in battle during the early middle ages, their  armies of peasants facing off to win land for their lords. 
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This note was uploaded on 12/12/2011 for the course HIST 1320 taught by Professor Murphy during the Fall '08 term at Texas State.

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