Popes vs Kings

Popes vs Kings

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  • My dream is to be emperor to share a strong relationship with God.
  • I am Pope Leo III and I have been running from your court for months because of threats.
  • You can stay here, I will provide protection.
  • Today, we shall crown Charlemagne emperor, in return for him protecting me.
  • Charlemagne was a strong christian who thought of his victories as gods blesssing. Charlemagne controlled a huge empire but he wanted the name as an emperor. This was because the title, "emperor" gave the ruler a unique relationship with God.  
  • God made me emperor to do his work on earth.
  • The church made him emperor for him the assist the church to do God's work
  • One day, in 1799, Charlemagne came across an important visitor, his name was Pope Leo III. Leo left Rome because he had terrible threats about throwing him out of the office, but a few months later he returned with protection. Charlemagne then traveled to Rome to support the Pope.
  • As a pope, I am very powerful.
  • This man does not get the authority to choose what he controls.
  • On Christmas day, Pope Leo crowned Charlemagne emperor. People of Europe and the church had different feelings about the coronation. It strengthened the power of the church in Western Europe by establishing that only the pope can crown an emperor. Meanwhile, in Eastern Europe people disagreed and found it as an insult, this lead to a schism.
  • Please forgive my actions
  • I forgive you!
  • Charlemagne lead on the believe that God made him emperor to do God's work on earth, and the pope was there to assist him.  Pope Leo believed that the Church made Charlemagne emperor, and it was the duty of the emperor to assist the church into doing God's work. 200 years after Charlemagne coronation their different views led to a conflict between popes and emperors.
  •  Pope Gregory, a strong pope, claimed that the Pope had the power to choose bishops and to remove emperors from the throne. The Holy Roman emperor, Henry IV reacted to his power,  this set a conflict between the two men. Henry ignored the popes rules and named his own bishop and tried to remove Gregory as pope. Gregory soon excommunicated Henry.
  • Henry then visited the Pope whom forgave him but, Henry went after revenge by marching into Rome with his army and forced the pope from his office. Then, the Church and Rome reached an agreement called the Concordat of Worms. This let the church authority to choose bishops, and allowed emperors to give fiefs to bishops. Popes and emperors still continued conflicts.
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