Popes vs. Kings

Popes vs. Kings

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  • I'll save you!
  • Please Help! 
  • Congrats! You have officially been coronated as emperor.
  • Thank you! This is a pleasant surprise.
  • God chose ME!
  • The CHURCH chose you!
  • Long live me, Pope Gregory!
  • Charlemagne was a Christian ruler and his goal was to become emperor and have a special relationship with God. He saved the Pope from a violent death and helped him return home.
  • You DARE challenge my authority?!
  • You are no longer Pope!
  • In turn the Pope granted Charlemagne emperor. It gave the principle that only the pope could crown emperor and sparked a disagreement between the two Churches.
  • You have been EXCOMMUNICATED!
  • Charlemagne believed that God had made him emperor in order to do God’s work on Earth. The Pope believed that the Church had made Charlemagne emperor. 200 years later, these different views led to a clash between an emperor and the pope.
  • Please! Forgive me!
  • You've been forgiven.
  • In 1073, a monk named Hildebrand became Pope Gregory VII. Henry IV felt that this attacked his power and rights and was insulted. This sparked dispute between them.
  • Henry ignored the pope's rules and named his own bishop. In response, Pope Gregory appointed a rival bishop. When Henry tried to remove him as a pope, he excommunicated Henry. The people of Europe began to take sides.
  • The conflict ended when Pope Gregory forgave King Henry. The Concordat of Worms gave the Church the sole authority to appoint bishops and gave emperors the ability to give fiefs. This was not a success.
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