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20 facts of the dark ages.
Transcript of 20 facts of the dark ages.
The church frequently hired artisans to make crosses or other religious figures out of gold or other precious materials. The Black Death itself had a massive impact in the trade of gold. It was during the Inquisition when criminals were heavily tortured. The most common ways to torture or execute criminals during the Inquisition was by Burning at the Stake, using The Wheel Torture, using the Head Vice Torture among others.
The monasteries were the resort of many earnest scholars, and there were prepared the writings of historians, metaphysicians and theologians. Despite the religious conflicts, the period of the Dark Ages was seen as an age of faith. Men and women sought after God; some through the staid rituals of the Catholic Church, others in more Orthodox forms of worship. Intellectuals view religion in any form as, itself, a type of “darkness.” These thinkers assert that those who followed religious beliefs lied to themselves, creating a false reality. People during the Dark Ages were very superstitious.
Most crimes did occur to merchants. Merchants who traveled alone during the Dark Ages were very prone to such attacks. Even when merchants traveled together, they were still in danger of a large group of enemies to attack and rob them.
Kidnapping was very frequent during the Dark Ages. This was mostly done by foreign invaders who needed kids to work their own lands. Landlords who lacked enough workers, frequently resorted to kidnapping kids in order to populate their own villages. Punishment for these crimes were of a very high magnitude and if the kid was part of the royalty, the offender would be heavily tortured and executed in a public plaza.
Imprisonment happened very frequently and sometimes inside a prison there were torture chambers to further teach people that crimes were not good.
It was during the Inquisition when criminals were heavily tortured. The most common ways to torture or execute criminals during the Inquisition was by Burning at the Stake, using The Wheel Torture, using the Head Vice Torture among others.
For kings and high nobles, punishment was almost non-existant. They could practically get away with raping, abusing, etc. Kings even had a right to stay in whichever house they pleased and sleep with whichever woman they wanted to because they were "appointed by God." Unfortunately, punishment was mostly reserved for the poor. Rape was not considered a major offense because women had not as many rights as men. Nevertheless, it was a crime to marry a relative as it was strictly forbidden by the church.
Kings wore many jewels made of precious materials. For this reason, jewelry was looked up to the higher social classes and this tradition still remains today when having a diamond or gold makes one look wealthier and overal better.
To be accused of heresy, it was enough for an enemy or competitor to simply point someone out to the church. The church would then act accordingly and set a secret trial which almost invariantly accused as guilty the victim.
Heresy is defined as "disagreeing with the church in any way - including disbelief in the same."
Heresy led to thousands of deaths because the church neglected any tolerance against people with different beliefs. This of course led to many innocent tortured victims and mainly; to the Crusades in which the main purpose was to evangelize foreign people and punish them if they denied.