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The medieval period was at the very best a down period for civilization Though not completely without advancement or good points the period certainly lacked the credibility that other periods of time held in terms of enhancing the overall good of mankind The Christian church was certainly a primary force in the lack of success during this period Owning almost ninety percent of all land and ruling over the majority of the population with little compassion the church and the related nobility did little to quell social problems and even less to foster learning and intellectuality As a result the church was responsible for the majority if not all of the problems that arose during the medieval period Evidence of the medieval period being very bad for man can be seen throughout many aspects of medieval society Take for instance the level of intellectual thinking during the period Something which flourished during the rise of the Roman Empire but seemed to fall off the face of the earth after its collapse The problems lied in the church as the only people trained to read and write properly were monks and high officials of the church who were locked away behind the walls of the church Essentially the church limited intellectuality to those who it felt it could trust If a peasant were to think for himself thought the church who knows what could happen to the hierarchy that we cherish The lack of intelligence among the peasants was clear Take for instance the mapping system of the period Though accurate maps were available the church put out maps that were not accurate and told the public they were true And the public believed There was however some advancement in technology but most of it can be linked directly to the church An example of this was in the area of architecture where medieval architects took the art of cathedral building to a new level
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