The language that Foxe used in his over 2,000 page, small print book Acts and Monuments is almost understandable. This book was one of the first English literary pieces written, so it shaped and established the use of English literature for the future. Writers after him used his work as an example for their own … More The Understandability of ‘Acts and Monuments’
Was More risking persecution by the church because of his book, Utopia? I do not believe that More was facing any risks of being persecuted by the church when he published Utopia. I assume that he thought that most of the people who read his book would realize that the book was satire- depicting … More Could ‘Utopia’ Lead to More’s Persecution
In Thomas More’s book, Utopia, there is a dialogue between the narrator, More, and a well-traveled Portuguese man, Raphael Hythloday. One day as More was visiting Antwerp he spotted an old friend, Peter Giles. Giles told More about his friend Hythloday, who was with Giles at the time, and how knowledgeable he was about the … More Utopia and the Sensible Reformer
“Do you think that Luther really believed that Pope Leo X did not know what the indulgence salesmen were saying?” From what I understood by reading the Ninety-Five Theses I believe that Luther believed that the Pope, Pope Leo X, did not know about the schemes the indulgence salesmen were manipulating on the … More Did Luther Believe that the Pope was Innocent?
I was asked to write about whether Boccaccio’s Decameron and Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales where closer in outlook to the Greek, and Roman literature that I have read than to the Hebrew, Christian, and medieval literature that I have read. My opinion is that the Decameron and the Canterbury Tales are much more similar to … More The Decameron and the Canterbury Tales
The Pardoner’s Tale found in the Canterbury Tales contained a story about three friends who made a vow to kill death. The three men encountered an old man who insisted that he couldn’t die, when the men heard this astonishing fact they immediately wanted to know where they could find death. The friends demanded that … More A Cunning Old Man
“Which do you think was more gripping to read? Boccaccio’s account of the plague or his stories?” That is a hard question for me to answer. Why? It could be that I did not find either of his writings gripping. But I will complete this essay and try to sum up which of Boccaccio’s works … More Boccaccio’s Gripping Stories
“Why did Boccaccio have the first story teller invoke God?” In the first novel of Boccaccio’s Decameron Boccaccio had one of the characters (one of the story tellers) invoke God at the beginning and at the end of the novel. [For clarification purposes invoke means to call for with earnest desire.] With the definition of … More The Illegitimate Story
The Song of Roland and The Little Flowers of St. Francis of Assisi did not give adequate guidance as to how a typical Christian should live. First let’s start with the Song of Roland. It did not give much religious advice or guidance of any kind. This book was more of a heroic war poem, … More Sources of Advice? Not Exactly.
My teacher of the western literature course I am taking asked me write about if “The Little Flowers of St. Francis of Assisi provided the common man with confidence about his own life beyond the grave.” According to my teacher “there was no preaching about how to avoid purgatory for the common man.” So, the … More Expectancy of Life Beyond the Grave