In J. Weston Walch’s, “The Middle Ages: Dark Ages,

In J. Weston Walch’s, “The Middle Ages: Dark Ages, Age of Faith, Age of Feudalism, or a Golden Age?” the Dark Ages, the Age of Feudalism, and the Age of Faith are the best labels for the era between 500 and 1400 in Europe. The dark ages were a time where there was no ruler or leader in charge of Europe. The Age of feudalism was a time in Europe where Lords and vassals major disputes. The Age of Faith was a time where the Roman Catholic Church had a huge impact on Europe and some of the people stopped separating their  view of God separate from the world. The Dark Ages, the Age of Feudalism, and the Age of Faith best label the Middle Ages during the era between 500 & 1400 in Europe. The Dark Ages is a period which best labels the Middle Ages, it was the period right after the Fall of the Western Roman Empire. The Dark Ages were the beginning of the Middle Ages and it was a time where Europe had no ruler which made it chaotic during the start of the Middle Ages. “The Barbarians have broken through the ramparts. … Society has no longer any government.”(Document 1, Frantz Funck-Brentano). This quote states that the Dark Ages is a term that relates to the Middle Ages because during the Dark Ages there was poor leadership, this quote says society no longer has a government due to multiple invasions and attacks. This quote talks about how the Barbarians have succeed in breaking through a defensive wall of the empire. “… urgent need of your help.. For, as most of you have heard, the Turks and the Arabs have attacked them and have conquered the territory of Romania (the Byzantine Empire)….”(Document 9, Pope Urban II). This quote shows that the Arabs and the Turks ave attacked the Byzantine Empire but due to the fact that there was poor ruling, they called on the Pope for immediate help. This quote states also that the Dark Ages is a term that describes the Middle Ages because the Middle East needed the Pope’s help to bring order after the Turks and Arabs had attacked the Middle East and conquered the Byzantine Empire. In conclusion, the Dark Ages is a label that best describes the era between 500 and 1400 in Europe because the Dark Ages was the beginning of the Middle Ages, the society lost its government due to attacks and invasions, and the Arabs and Turks attacked and conquered the Byzantine Empire. The Age of feudalism was a time in Europe where Lords and vassals had major disagreements. The Age of Feudalism is another term that best describes the Middle Ages in Europe because it affected Europe’s leadership or political lenses such as, their social lense, and economic lense in Europe. “…. I will aid the count of Champagne in my own person, and will send to the count and countess of Champagne the knights whose service I owe to them for the fief …”(Document 2, John of Toul). This quote shows that the Age of Feudalism is a term that best describes the Middle Ages because it states that a count, a countess, and a knight are apart of the political system in Europe. It also shows the economic lense because Champagne owes the knights for the fief he holds for them. “Vassal to Lord:Loyalty, military service, and ransom, if needed, obligation: protection and land (fief),” (Document 4, Feudal Obligations). This quote shows that the Age of Feudalism is a label that best describes the Middle Ages because it shows the obligations of the vassals and lords, which represents the political lense and the social lense. This also quote also shows the relationship between the lords to vassals.  The Age of Feudalism is a label that best describes the era between 500 and 1400 in Europe because the Age of Feudalism affects the political, social, and economic lenses in Europe’s society during the Middle Ages.Third, the age of faith best describes the Middle Ages in Europe because of the great impact of the Roman Catholic Church, which had a great impact on Europe. The Age of Faith was also a time where some people viewed God and the world together. “I also renounce my own will, for the will of God… and I promise to remain a mink … all the days of my life,”(Document 8, Brother Gerald). This quote shows that the Age of Faith is a label that best describes the Middle Ages because it shows the commitment in the Roman Catholic Church and it shows people’s belief in God. This quote also shows how people of the church would give up or sacrifice things for God. In Document 10, the picture of the Gothic cathedral illustrates the power of the Catholic Church because a lot of people are gathered at the cathedral and it shows its impact because it looks like a place where the people of Europe go to get things they need daily. The Cathedral represents faith because it shows that people of the Middle Ages are starting to believe in God and go to him for help and answers. The age of Faith is a label that best describes the Middle Ages because it show the great impact of the church.In conclusion, the Dark Ages, the Age of Feudalism, and the Age of Faith are all labels that describe the Middle Ages during the era 500 and 1400 in Europe. The Dark Ages is a label that best describes the Middle Ages in Europe between 500 and 1400 because it was the beginning of the Middle Ages and it was a time where Europe had poor ruling and it was a chaotic place in Europe during the Middle Ages. The Age of Feudalism is another label that best describes the Middle Ages in Europe because it affected the social, economic, and political lenses in Europe between 500 & 1400. The Age of feudalism was also a time in Europe where Lords and vassals disputed. The age of faith best described the Middle Ages in Europe because of the Roman Catholic Church’s great impact on Europe during the Middle Ages. The Age of Faith was also a time where some people stopped viewing God separately from the world. The Dark Ages, the Age of Feudalism, and the Age of Faith are labels that describe the Middle Ages during the era 500 and 1400 in Europe.