Significance of the Dark Ages’ effects and Its Role in the Modern Sense of Ethics
Purpose: To identify the varied facts and myths pertaining to the “Dark Ages” and characterize the transition from Dark Ages to how the world is now, including identification of the significance of the legends of knights, honor, and chivalry code in today’s modern sense of ethics
Thesis: The Dark Ages explains why people view the medieval periods with a romanticism lens through general stereotypes and disconnectedness from modernity.
Definition of Dark Ages Societal characteristics during the Dark Ages (will include information on the social classes and economic systems during the period) Facts and myths pertaining the Dark Ages (will include information on defining the Church, faith vs. enlightenment, slavery in commodity production, forms of entertainment, including sword fights and jousting) Dark Ages and the Classical Literature and Scripture Preservation of literature and scripture during the Dark Ages (includes information on the Carolingian miniscule that helped the era preserve their literature. True that there were more people who did not know how to read or right, but there were also scholars who spent their time doing intellectual reading and research) How Dark Ages was preparing its transition to modernity (includes information on how the Carolingian miniscule was able to help in changing, updating, and revising old manuscripts) Dark Ages and Ireland Role of Ireland in the world that would emerge from the Dark Ages (information on how Ireland was able to save itself from collapse especially after Rome left Europe in a state of mess) How Ireland saved civilization (includes information on what is called Ireland’s golden age from the 5th through the 9th century, with the Irish monks carrying the torch of civilization back to Europe) Legends of Knights and Honor Significance of knights and honor during medieval times (includes definitions of terms and information on the role of knights and the honor code during that time) What is the Code of Chivalry? (definition of the term and its significance during the period) Impact in today’s modern sense of ethics (includes an analysis of its importance during the Dark Ages through the transition to the next period, and its relevance to modern times) Conclusion
Mandatory Scholarly Literature
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Esolen, A. (2013). Where the Middle Ages dark. Catholic Education Resource Center. Retrieved http://www.catholiceducation.org/en/controversy/common-misconceptions/were-the-middle-ages-dark.html
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