Popular literature typically reflects the viewpoints of its society. Greek and Roman literature portrayed hundreds of gods who hated mankind and had to be appeased. The Bible depicted one God who controlled everything, was perfect, and who rewards those who served him by doing good. Medieval literature, with its Judeo-Christian basis, depicts God the same way. Continue reading “How Literature Reflects Society”
The two pieces of late medieval literature, The Song of Roland and Little Flowers, seem to provide virtually no guidance as to how a typical Christian should live. The Song of Roland fictionalizes a war in Spain against Muslims. Little Flowers tells about St. Francis of Assisi and the orders he founded. Continue reading “Useless Literature for 1300’s Christians”
Did the Little Flowers provide the common man with confidence about his own life beyond the grave?
Little Flowers is about St. Francis of Assisi and the orders he founded. It was written in 1390. Little Flowers gave absolutely no confidence about the afterlife to anyone. Continue reading “The Afterlife”
If you had been listening to these stories (from Little Flowers) in 1300, what would you have concluded from them is the way to gain eternal life?
The book Little Flowers is a series of stories following the Friars Minor (an order led by St. Francis of Assisi). Most of these stories focus on suffering and how it’s great. Continue reading “Perfect Suffering”
How important was the doctrine of hell to the martyrs? This question refers to the martyrdom of Polycarp, Perpetua, and Felicity (not martyred at the same time), some of the Christians who were martyred by the Roman Empire. The doctrine of hell, although it may have been important in their conversion, was not very important in their martyrdom Continue reading “Martyrdoms”
If I had been Catiline, what would I have said to undermine Cicero’s case against me? This question refers to Cicero’s speech against Catiline before the Senate. Catiline had raised an army and planned to attack Rome. Continue reading “A Three Step Guide to Taking over Rome”