Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Initial Reaction To Humanism, and Canterbury Notes

Right off the bat, what bothered me is how much power the Church had, almost acting like a government, and you'd think if a religious institution ran things, the general population would be kind to each other, and the people would have good morals. But in actuality there is this ridiculous hierarchy, in which titles are merely inherited rather than earned. On top of that the people that actually matter, the commoners, have no particular importance in Medieval society. My first thoughts of Chaucer are quite limited, I'm not really sure what I think of him, rather than he may just be an upstanding citizen, for his work in the courts, and service in the military. The book seems like a good authority on what the Middle Ages were like, because its coming from someone who actually went through it. The picture in my mind when I immediately hear of the Middle Ages, are legends that I have heard whether through pop. culture( TV, Movies), or through stories that I have read. The picture mostly contains the cliche things: knights, castles, princesses, kings, etc. Humanism to me, sounds like a wake-up call to the world, realizing how ridiculous many of their beliefs were. Its this move towards the separation of Church and State, where people stay religious, but put it to the side, and then begin thinking logically. In doing so they had to look to a point in time where such a thought existed, which brings them to the Romans and Greeks, which then brings a revival of these texts. The Canterbury tales is happening just as this is starting.
That is all.
                                                                                                                           Seth Rosenberg

1 comment:

  1. Seth: An excellent post. Thoughtful, literate and clear. I'm so very interested in your statement about the people who really mattered, the poor. Too often in history, it is the deeds of the "great men" who are recorded. And of course, the great men (such as the Knights) are often tyrants, slave owners, et cetera.