chapter  20
The church in the fifteenth century
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In spite of serious disruptions brought on by the plague, by social con-flicts, by chronic warfare, and even the papal schism, the basic structures of medieval society proved resilient enough to survive. Government, politics, education and economic life were buffeted by abrupt changes but they continued to develop more or less along the lines laid down in the thirteenth century. Within a generation after the plague, the traditional institutions of Christendom had adapted with varying degrees of success to the new conditions. The problems of the fourteenth-century church were severe, but contrary to what one might expect, Christianity as a lived religion flourished into the fifteenth century, in spite of hard times.