Popular fiction and Hollywood movies have painted a pretty rugged picture of the Middle Ages. However, this was an era of innovation, art and academic discovery. Many of the castles and cathedrals that still exist today is a testament to the innovation of the time. Although medicine was primitive at the time, the people were very open to discoveries and treatments. The sciences and philosophy blossomed during this time and many of the writers of the time’s work are still revered today.