Cathedral Fascination — Size!

Awe-inspiring. Beautiful. Majestic. Amazing.

Imagine the impact a sight like this must have had on a medieval commoner coming to a town for the first time.

To get a sense of scale:

Chartres Cathedral, France

The message is clear – CHURCH: BIG! Man: Small.

Know your place, puny human.

 

Behold for yourself.

Pictures from skyscrapercity.com

Coming up next:  gargoyles and stained glass windows.

“The Dark Ages”

We’re going to be heading into the period generally referred to as “The Dark Ages,” although some historians prefer to use the term “Late Antiquity.”  It covers the time from about 500-1000 AD, when the cultures of the old Roman Empire, Christianity, and the Germanic tribes began merging into a new society to establish a foundation for the modern western world.

History Channel's The Dark Ages

Although people think of this as a time of ignorance and warfare, there was also a great deal of progress.  Figures such as Justinian, Clovis, Charles Martel, Benedict of Nursia, Charlemagne all left their marks on what would become modern Europe.

If you would like a more in-depth look at the “Dark Ages,” check out my VodPod selections on the right.  There are ten YouTube videos from the History Channel movie about the period from the fall of Rome through Charlemagne.  They are entertaining as well as educational.  Enjoy!