2 March 2012
Death and Disaster
The 14th century had some very tremendous and horrific altercations to it in Europe, most of which are considered to be the most devastating events in European history. The first event that came along was the decline of church with the Avignon Papacy (1309-1377), and the Great Schism (1378-1417), then the Hundred Years' War (1337-1453), and another tragic disaster called the Black Death occurred in Europe and parts of Russia in 1346 and lasted all the way through until 1353. The thirteen and fourteen hundreds were some of the most horrendous times for life in Europe because of these three events.
These events had a tremendous impact on European lifestyle because of the ways things were changing over a short amount of time. The first event was the Avignon Papacy and the Great Schism this had the effect on the lifestyle because at the time there were a total of 7 different Popes, all were French, and all were increasingly under the influence of the French crown. Also causing conflict between the people and the Popes was that the Popes resided in France instead of the more traditional home of Rome. This had such a dramatic effect on the European lifestyle because some of the Popes bowed before the French crown, which tied in government and religion in the churches. Also "The unsavory efforts at financial and political aggrandizement damaged the reputation of the Church" (Fiero 4). The Great Schism was not very pleasing for the European lifestyle as well because of the French government did not approve of the election of Italian Pope and in return he elected a Pope of his own.. So that had split the churches and created an Eastern Orthodox Church and the Roman Catholic Church.