During this time,
earthly life was very unimportant and people believed it to be wretched
or bad. Earthly life was used as to prepare for life after
death. They were taught that life in heaven is the reward for the
right behavior on earth. For this reason, people looked forward
to the future and valued it over present life. There was a
strong belief in hell
and they thought that when the time came, they would be summoned
to account for their life. The goods that life had to offer were
thought of as illusions so people de-empahsized life's values because they
Beliefs of Seven
|7 Deadly Sins
|7 Cardinal Virtues
|7 Works of Mercy
||Give drink to thirsty
||Clothe the naked
||Visit the sick
Medieval people thought that each person's place in the world
had been decided by God. Society, they believed, was made up of three
groups: nobles, clergy, and peasants. Each group had duties towards
the others: the nobles to defend them, the clergy to look after their
souls, and the peasants to grow their food. In early medieval times
most people fitted roughly into these categories. Later on the growth
of trade created a new class, the burghers, or town dwellers. By
1215 Man began to believe that he could control his own destiny.
Social classes such as the upper, middle, and lower classes still existed.
Skills became very valued and life less church oriented. With Man
being able to control his destiny, the negative asspects of man became
evident such as greed, self-centered, and immoral.
Beliefs in Nature
During early medievalism mishappenings in nature were said
to be the work of Satin or God`s anger. Later medievalism became
beautiful to people.