Essays and Research Papers on Mixed Issues in Western Civilization

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Medieval Coinage

  • 8 page paper

In this 8 page research paper, the writer examines issues and circumstances concerning the coining of money during medieval times. Economic situations are assessed and the overall impact that coining had over the centuries is determined. Bibliography lists 8 sources.

Medieval Feudalism

  • 6 page paper

A 6 page research paper exploring the elements of medieval feudalism in England. Descriptions of what constituted medieval feudalism, reason for wars, status of women and the decline of the feudal system are discussed. Bibliography lists 5 references.

In this 9 page paper, the writer is concerned with whether or not Feudalism imposed by the 11th century Norman Conquest truly had an impact on politics in England. Issues of ownership, social class, and much more are examined to reach the ultimate conclusion that the impact of Feudalism was a positive one indeed. Bibliography ...

This 8 page paper reviews how feudalism evolved from its original application after the Norman Conquest and the rule of William I. Bibliography lists five sources.

A 4 page research paper which explores the way the Church regarded heresy, and the formation of the Inquisition as a response to this problem. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

Medieval Monasticism

  • 3 page paper

A 3 page essay examining the role of monasteries in the Middle Ages, and using Monte Cassino, founded by St. Benedictine, as the standard against which others are compared. One cited reference.

6 pages in length. Medieval monks.. did they adhere to their vows of chastity, poverty, obedience, and sometimes silence? Research suggests not. Evidence points to excesses in physical pleasures, especially in the realms of sex and food. The sometimes perverted sexual habits of some of the monks has been passed down through anecdotal records. Bibliography ...

4 pages in which Neoplatonism is defined, compared to today's New Age Movement, and discussed in terms of the move during the beginnings of the Italian Renaissance away from Aristotelian philosophy and toward that of Plato. Discusses the debate between Islamic philosophers Avicenna and al-Ghazali, and the resistance of Catholic leaders to accept the ...

A 3 page essay on a few of the points marking the transition from the early (or mid-) to the High Middle Ages. Briefly discussed are the influences of rural to urban life and the ensuing governmental changes, the rise of cultural and educational pursuits, and the new influence of the church. One ...

Charlemagne's Many Roles

  • 12 page paper

This 12 page paper provides an overview of this well liked, infamous emperor who lived during the Middle Ages. The paper asks whether this leader should be deemed an emperor, a warrior or a Christian crusader; his possible role in each of these designations is discussed in depth. Bibliography lists 9 sources.

Louis the Pious

  • 5 page paper

A 5 page essay on Charlemagne's only legitimate son. The writer posits that although Louis was a weak governor in many ways, which resulted in his failure to unite Germany, he instilled within all of the Germanic tribes the desire for study. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

A 5 page paper that considers the role of women and non-elites in Renaissance Italy and outlines the elements of the Italian court. Bibliography lists 2 sources. Italian

A 4 page critique of Powell's book entitled "Medieval Women." The writer describes and evaluates the book's thesis : that there were two primary roles played by women in Medieval society; women in subjection to men and women as a symbol of worship. Full citation for the book is provided.

A 14 page paper discussing the influence of Christian symbolism and iconography in the Middle Ages. Bibliography lists 10 sources.

5 pages in length. The writer discusses the following three themes in relation to Cabeza de Vaca's voyage: how the Spaniards and Indians viewed one another; Spaniard hatred and racism toward the Indians; and assimilating into Indian culture. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

Comprehensive, 25 page discussion of the Greek Orthodox Church and its fundamental origins in the works of classic Greek philosophers such as Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle. Bibliography lists 19+ sources.

A 3 page essay on the relationship of the five pillars of Islam to the Baptism of Europe and the effect of Neoplatonism on the growth of both Islam and Christianity. One cited reference.

A well-written 8 page paper detailing the political corruptions of the Catholic Church during the Middle Ages as well as some of its causes and effects. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

A 10 page paper discussing the history behind the legend of Santa Claus and the traditions accepted in American culture today. The writer attempts to put into perspective the life of Nicholas of Myra and the good deeds that brought him to fame. Nicholas' became legendary after committing a number of acts of ...

A 5 page paper reviewing the contributions made to Western civilizations by the men and women of monastic communities from the days of early Christianity to the Reformation. It is argued that these communities, where service to God and humanity superseded personal concerns, were significant in making Christianity a worldwide religion as well as ...

Medieval Judaism

  • 3 page paper

A 3 page essay responding to the lot of the Jewish in the Middle Ages. The paper mentions the premier Jewish philosopher of the era, Maimonides, and a few of his positions that are tenets of Orthodox Jewish doctrine today. It glances at the fact that practicing Jews, through application, education and commitment, ...

A 5 page paper relating to questions surrounding the development and attitudes of the Christian church in the evermore sophisticated world. No bibliography.

A 12 page paper discussing the papal bull, or letter, written by Pope Innocent III in the year 1202. A section discussing the life and times of Pope Innocent III is discussed. This is followed by a section which thoroughly discusses and illustrates the letter itself and the situation in which the letter ...

This 7 page paper discusses the how the European Renaissance was responsible for the Protestantism of Calvinism and Lutheranism and reform within the Catholic Church. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

During the Reformation era, persecution of women whom the Catholic Church perceived to be 'witches' was at an all-time high. This 12 page paper examines sociopolitical issues from that time as well as specific theological views on witchery and witchcraft. It is argued that fear and ignorance towards women (i.e., 'the transformation of the witch ...

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