Eras and Their Highlights

The Middle Ages

What was the church’s role during the Middle Ages?

Though the Roman Catholic Church became increasingly involved in secular concerns during the Middle Ages (500–1350), it played a much larger part in medieval European life. Missionaries converted many of the Germanic tribes; thus, the church was influential in civilizing these so-called barbarians. Further, churches throughout Europe housed travelers and served as hospitals for the sick. Monasteries and cathedrals became centers of learning.


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