Why there was no Renaissance? Did the Middle Ages last until the 19th century?


The term "Middle Ages" came from the Italian humanists of the second half of the fifteenth century (Giovanni Andrea, who was papal librarian in 1496). The people of the Renaissance wanted to separate themselves clearly from the ancients. Then, too, the emergence of ideas of progress was a clear signal to fight against the past. The new art was opposed to the art of the past. Marsilius of Padua sets out the foundations of a politics separate from religion and the foundations of a state separate from the Church. In general, by the 17th century the division into three eras: antiquity, the Middle Ages and modern times would become established. But the Middle Ages were still, for many, superfluous in this chain. These are the Dark Ages, still only a link between the great antiquity and the new age, when the ancient legacy will be remembered.
But today no self-respecting historian uses the Dark Ages in the usual sense in relation to the Middle Ages.
Thanks to these people, who dispelled the fog of the Dark Ages. Among them was Le Goff. Today we will talk about his article entitled the Long Middle Ages.
For the Frenchman there was no Renaissance in the usual sense of history. The Renaissance is not the final milestone of the Middle Ages, but only part of the Middle Ages.
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