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Monday January 28th 2019Tim Candler9

 

     I think my own position on the so called category of Dark Ages has over the years been made abundantly clear, they started sometime in 2015. At the same time I'm well aware my understanding of the Medieval Period in Europe is subject to debate. While there are no hard and fast dates, I argue the Medieval Period essentially commenced following the retreats of the Roman Legions and began to end following the Synod of Charroux in France. This synod was a response to an activist movement amongst the landless and their sympathizers. The year was 989 CE. All very well back then the good work to be had in the castle building industry, anyone who was anyone was building castles, comparing dungeons, enduring castle envy, but it didn't seem to be stopping the random acts of appalling violence regularly being inflicted upon the none castle owning people. Nor was the church immune from these wanton and vile acts, and relying as they did upon the power of The Lord and the rightness of their cause they had for as long as anyone could remember eschewed things like building castles and employing roaming bands of heavily armed men as a source of personal security. In that year of 989 things had come to a bit of head in the more south western parts of France, the dreadful, barbaric behaviors of a few were undoing a hard won prosperity that certainly suited the great majority.

 

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       "At that time sinners were rising up like stalks of wheat."  I'm going to have to paraphrase Litaldus of Micy, who might have been a fan of the Angel Gabriel and who had a strong belief in divine largesse as his source of funding. "A great crowd of many people gathered in Charroux. Many bodies of saints were also brought there." There were miracles, it was a whole thing with hope, hymns and possibly dancing, maybe a little wailing that refreshed the souls, cleared the minds and gave everyone positive attitude toward their future. The Bishops responded to this out pouring with an "open your mouth wide and I will fill it." Nor did they allow "rustic speech" to any way interfere with their capacity to listen. Instead "..evils which fouled the fair countenance of the holy church of God" were "struck down by the sharp points of anathemas." Yes indeed, it was a genuine Medieval Happening. Nor did this popular movement stop there in Charroux, it wasn't that long before this idea of The Peace and Truce of God, the fining and excommunicating of the more odious sinners, took a hold of a great deal of Europe, and if you don't count the higher ups in the Church hierarchy some of whom employed armies to protect their interests, Swiss Guard in 1527 lost 148 of their 189 men saving Pope Clement VII from the ordeal of martyrdom, it wasn't until quite recently that there was absolutely no question whether the rest of us should be allowed things like guns in Christian Churches. Either way there's no chance Saint Aelfwold, the last Bishop of Sherborne, even if it is an act of perpetual penance on my part for having had very evil thoughts about my dentist appointment tomorrow, qualifies for a Gormenghast Bridge. He died in 1058

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