In What Ways Does Petrarch Embody the Spirit of the Renaissance

Petrarch(1304-1374), was a very well known person during the Renaissance; he was a scholar, poet, and was also one of the earliest humanist’s. Through what scholars and historians have gathered about him, it is pretty clear that Petrarch embodies the spirit of the Renaissance. So in what ways did he embody the spirit of the … More In What Ways Does Petrarch Embody the Spirit of the Renaissance

Some of the Key Ideas From the Renaissance

The Renaissance, yes I mean the one that everyone thinks of when they hear the word “renaissance.” The Renaissance was a very important time in history, and was very influential in the development of western civilization. Even though there were many moments in history before the 14th century that embodied some aspects like a renaissance, … More Some of the Key Ideas From the Renaissance

Would Walden Have Been a Better Book if Thoreau had Supplied More Background Information on His Life

Walden, by Henry David Thoreau, has been one of the most confusing autobiographies I have ever read. I have read more than quite a few autobiographies during this school year; some were incredibly intriguing and interesting, others were works of literary art, and some were downright confusing. But Walden, by far, has been the most … More Would Walden Have Been a Better Book if Thoreau had Supplied More Background Information on His Life

What was the Great Western Schism, and How was it Resolved

During the middle ages there was a period where there were a series of popes who lived in a place known as Avignon France, instead of Rome, Italy. This is known as the Avignon Papacy. The Avignon Papacy caused some conflict when it came to who should be elected as pope. The Great Western Schism … More What was the Great Western Schism, and How was it Resolved

John Wycliffe

John Wycliffe((1320-1384), was an important religious figure during the 14th century. He was one of the earliest figures who preached the views associated with predestination; and was a priest and professor, at Oxford.  Wycliffe had many different opinions on things, some of his views included: someone in a state of sin loses all rights to … More John Wycliffe

Was Thoreau Dependent on the Division of Labor While He was Living on Walden Pond

Henry David Thoreau(1817-1862), was a 19th century American philosopher and writer. His best known written work was his autobiography titled, Walden. Which was about his life when he “cut,” himself off from society; living a lifestyle independent from the division of labor(this only lasted for about two years). The way that Thoreau “cuts,” himself off … More Was Thoreau Dependent on the Division of Labor While He was Living on Walden Pond

What Were the Effects on Europe from the Black Death

The Black Death first arrived in Europe in 1346, and it’s arrival was devastating. The Black death itself was a confluence of two plagues: the bubonic plague and the pneumonic plague. This killer combination killed around a third of Europe’s population; this death rate was due to the fact that Europeans did not have immunity … More What Were the Effects on Europe from the Black Death

What was the Significance of the Conflict Between Philip IV and Boniface VIII?

Throughout the medieval period, popes and kings fought against each other over who should rightly be allowed to dominate the other. Another one of these conflicts between a king and a pope was between a king named Philip IV and a pope named Boniface Vlll. The conflicts between these two individuals were rather similar to … More What was the Significance of the Conflict Between Philip IV and Boniface VIII?

How Could I Adopt Northup’s Technique of Using Contrasts

This week I finished the autobiography of Solomon Northup, which is titled 12 Years a Slave. This autobiography was mostly about Northup’s life as a slave for twelve years, after being kidnapped as a free black man. Northup before he had become a slave was a freeman in New York, and he had lived with … More How Could I Adopt Northup’s Technique of Using Contrasts