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Middle Ages Overview of political aspects The Middle Ages was a time period between the end of the classical age and the beginning of the renaissance During this period of time the people suffered violence poverty legalized human abuse economic strife bad government and they still managed to create a period of cultural and artistic achievements Christian faith and rule united the time period and was able to shine through the turmoil of wars and social upheavals History records the Middle ages as a thousand-year period of time in which a mass of events occurred which all followed paths that can be separated from the others The Early Middle Ages was a period in which the Roman Empire fell and several forces fought for power of the unstable territories The Franks were the first to officially establish a significant kingdom The Merovingian Age ruled by Clovis rule 481-511 who united the Franks Germanic creating a strong state whose basis for existence rested upon Christian beliefs and unwritten rules which dominated the social structure of all under his rule The Carolingian age replaced the Marovingian kingdoms by pleasing the masses with a voted ruler who served as Majordomo mayors of the palace Charlamagne 742-814 greatly extended Frankish territory his movement which started the Roman Empire was recognized by Pope Leo III who later crowned him the first Emperor of the Roman Empire Charlamagnes administrative abilities organized government fostered education and spread Christianity Through education he strengthened his peoples minds allowing for an extremely organized government which ran smoothly But the Germanic trait of inheritance of power and land to all ancestors broke apart the government and lead to its decline Feudalism arose using the same economic and political ideas as before except land began to be divided among Lords in exchange for loyalty and military backing This idea created a strong link between all landowners and the king Lords owners of land were obligated
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