Christianity in the Middle Ages

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Christianity in the Middle Ages

Christianity in the middle ages

Christianity as a religion emerged from Judaism. The Christianity that was spread across Europe during the middle ages was based on the scriptures that recounted the life of the Christ and his disciples. The rise of Christianity during the Roman Empire was seen as a threat against the Empire. This led to the persecution of Christians but this harassment ended when Emperor Constantine of the Roman Empire took the throne. Most of Constantine’s successors were Christians and gradually Christianity replaced the Roman religion, as the authorized religion. - See more at:

The Christian church was central to most people's lives. The year revolved around the holidays of the church, with Christmas being the longest (it lasted from Christmas Day until Epiphany - 6th January). Most people went to church on Sundays, and sometimes on other days of the week as well. The church was used for secular purposes as well as religious - manor courts were often held in the nave, and the churchyard was used for parties and pageants. People were expected to give a tenth of their income (a tithe) to the church, this was divided between the upkeep of the church, paying the clergyman, the local bishop, and the poor of the parish.

The history of Christianity during the Middle Ages is the history of Christianity between the Fall of Rome (c. 476) and the onset of the Protestant Reformation during the early 16th century, the development usually taken to mark the beginning of modern Christianity. This is the period in European history known as the Middle Ages or Medieval era.Among the dioceses, five held special eminence: Rome, Constantinople, Jerusalem, Antioch, and Alexandria, generally referred to as the Pentarchy. The prestige of most of these sees depended in part on their apostolic founders, or in the case of Byzantium/Constantinople, that it was the new seat (New Rome) of the continuing Roman or Byzantine Empire. These bishops considered themselves the spiritual successors of those apostles.[1] In addition, all five cities were Early centers of Christianity.




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