The Fall of Priests,
The Rise of the Individuals
From the mid 14
century to the late 16
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
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
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