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Why didnt people in the middle ages learn to read and write?

Bethany Evans

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Victoria Fowler on July 5, 2018

Don't let anyone deceive you. In the middle ages, people learned to read and write. Not all did, but many did. The middle ages began in 476, 410, or some similar date according to the in which you are speaking, and which ended in 1453, 1492 or some such. The Byzantine Empire, which called itself the Empire of the Roman People, and was the eastern half of the Roman Empire, which supposedly fell in 476, started the first public school system in 425 and continued until the year 1453, when it finally did fall. The reason I did this was because they wanted all military personnel to be able to read and write. The oldest state school in the world is Beverley Grammar School, which was founded in the year 700 ad in what was Northumbria in the moment in time, and is now part of Yorkshire. This is really interesting, because it meant that the school survived in an environment where the state was run by Vikings for a long period of time. There are a total of over 70 currently operating schools were founded during the middle ages. How many other schools were founded that subsequently closed is unknown. And this figure does not include more than 70 universities that were founded. Speaking of the Vikings, who do you suppose taught them to read and write runes? Well we can assume that it was not the Church. And we know that it was not the Church which he taught to the Muslims in Spain to read and write in Arabic alphabet. The majority of European Jews were literate during the middle ages. And traders, regardless of the religion, there are good reasons to keep records. There were cities from all over Europe, called communes that were operated for the interests of the merchants, there were great banks founded by such groups as the Medici family, and it was not the Hanseatic League, which was as powerful as some countries and run by traders. There has been a lot of revisions made to the European History that have more to do with politics than with serious research. Some of these have come from the best Universities. If you want to know the truth of things, my suggestion is that you do not take general statements, such as, "Only the clergy and some nobles were literate," for granted. The middle ages occurred in a continent during a period of a thousand years, and so many things have happened in that time in that place.


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