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"Is ‘the Dark Ages’ an appropriate term to describe the Midd

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Ammara Siddiqui

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"Is ‘the Dark Ages’ an appropriate term to describe the Middle Ages?"

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By: Ammara Siddiqui

The Dark Ages? What is that? I do not think that "The Dark Ages" would be an appropriate term to describe the Middle Ages. I think this because it sounds as if it were a dark and terrible period of time. It makes me think about death and disasters. It is the complete opposite of the Middle Ages, because the Middle Ages was a time where there was happiness and positivity. There were some good events that happened, like when King John signed a royal charter created by the nobles to protect their rights, when Joan of Arc helped unite the French, and how the Japanese expressed their inspirations and emotions in their poetry.

The "Dark Ages" was not necessarily bad. There was some good in it, like when King John signed a royal charter created by the nobles to protect their rights. This was called the Magna Carta. The Magna Carta was basically an agreement. This gave the nobles protection for their rights as human beings. At first, King John abused his power against the nobles. He took advantage of all the power that he had and demanded to receive a lot of money without asking the nobles and deciding court cases according to what he wanted. The nobles began to feel very annoyed about it. But after he lost the battle that he had against France, he wanted some support from the nobles. So then he decided to agree to give them their rights.

There was also the time where Joan of Arc helped unite the French. Joan of Arc was a national heroine of France who claimed to hear voices from God that called her to help the French drive the English out of France. She led a French army into the English territory to bring the French together. She then later got sentenced to death because she helped the French create a formation of national identity. But because of the fact that she was brave and she showed confidence, the French see her as a symbol of national consciousness. This is also a good event that happened in the Middle Ages.

Another good thing that happened was how the Japanese expressed their inspirations and emotions in the poetry that they made, which is said in Document D. Writing poetry probably made them feel more open and free. Emperor Daigo put a book together called Kokin Wakashū. It is a collection of about 1,000 poems. The book included poems and also information about the poets and their inspirations. Each topic in the book is organized by seasons, traveling, and love.

For these reasons and many more, the Middle Ages should not be called "The Dark Ages". That term would most likely make you think about death and negative thoughts. Even though there were minor bad parts, the majority of it was good. If these events had not taken place, our world would be different. These accomplishments had many advantages.



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