Order Out of Chaos: Conflict and Resolution in Medieval Culture
Many points of conflict in medieval culture have been the focus of study, including ideological conflicts like that between chivalry and Christianity or between the Church and various reformers, both internal and external. Debates about the use of the vernacular as opposed to classical or dominant languages or about the relative merits of different genres are often imbedded in literary works. Clashes between classes or between political entities help create an idea of the Middle Ages as a time of constant conflict. At the same time, these conflicts have led to growth and development, the changes that lead society in new directions.