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Canterbury Tales - Medieval Church In discussing Chaucers collection of stories called The Canterbury Tales an interesting picture or illustration of the Medieval Christian Church is presented However while people demanded more voice in the affairs of government the church became corrupt -- this corruption also led to a more crooked society Nevertheless there is no such thing as just church history This is because the church can never be studied in isolation simply because it has always related to the social economic and political context of the day In history then there is a two way process where the church has an influence on the rest of society and of course society influences the church This is naturally because it is the people from a society who make up the churchand those same people became the personalities that created these tales of a pilgrimmage to Canterbury The Christianization of Anglo-Saxon England was to take place in a relatively short period of time but this was not because of the success of the Augustinian effort Indeed the early years of this mission had an ambivalence which shows in the number of people who hedged their bets by practicing both Christian and Pagan rites at the same time and in the number of people who promptly apostatized when a Christian king died There is certainly no evidence for a large-scale conversion of the common people to Christianity at this time Augustine was not the most diplomatic of men and managed to antagonize many people of power and influence in Britain not least among them the native British churchmen who had never been particularly eager to save the souls of the Anglo-Saxons who had brought such bitter times to their people In their isolation the British Church had maintained older ways of celebrated the major festivals of Christianity and Augustines effort to compel them to conform to modern Roman usage only angered them When Augustine
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