The Catholic Church during the Middle Ages

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The Catholic Church during the Middle Ages played an all-encompassing role over the lives of the people and the government. As the Dark Ages came to a close the ideas of the Renaissance started to take hold, and the church's power gradually began to wan. The monarchies of Europe also began to grow replacing the church's power. Monarchies, at the close of the Middle Ages and the dawn of the Renaissance, did not so much …

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…against them. The Catholic Church role in the lives of the native population was a negative one due to its alliance with the Spanish monarchy and its forced conversion of the Indians. Bibliography 1. Terrar, Toby. "Catholic Mission History and the 500th Anniversary of Christopher Columbus's Arrival," 2. Giles, Thomas S. "How Did Native Americans Respond to Christianity?" Christian History Issue 35 Vol. XI, No. 3. 3. Ricard, Robert. The Spiritual Conquest of Mexico Los Angeles: University of California Press, 1966.