Pope Versus Rulers

Pope Versus Rulers

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  • OK, but I think you should crown me holy Roman Emperor
  • I need your protection
  • I believe that god made me emperor
  • I believe that the church made you emperor
  • This is an attack on my power and my very own rights
  • I have all supreme royalty
  • Charlemagne was a king in Europe who wanted to establish a Christian empire. In 799 Pope Leo III asks for Charlemagne's  protection from being removed from office. Charlemagne agreed and was crowned holy Roman Emperor.  As a result the pope won power to crown emperors and this angered the byzantine emperor.
  • This man will be the next bishop
  • No my bishop will
  • Charlemagne believed that god had made him emperor. The pope in the other hand believed that the church had made him emperor. 200 years later after the coronation of the king, different views led to a dramatic clash between emperor and pope.
  • I cannot believe You!! This is an outrage!
  • Pope Gregory issued a list of rules declaring his supreme authority over both church and secular leaders. King Henry reacted to these rules by knowing that the rules were a direct attack on his own power and rights.  This caused a clash of wills between the two men.
  • Do we have an agreement
  • Yes we do
  • The clash began when Henry ignored the pope's rules and named his own bishop. In response Pope Gregory appointed a rival bishop.  Across Europe the people took sides.
  • The conflict ended by King Henry taking revenge on the pope by marching his army from Rome and kicking the ope out of office.  They finally reached an agreement (The Concordat of Worms).  The quarreling later continued with later Popes and kings.
  • You have been removed from office
  • The agreement they came upon was called the "Concordat of Worms".  The concordat was the agreement that the pope could appoint the bishop, but the king could reject the bishop if he didn't like or trust him.  The other thing that the king could do was he could grant land plots called fiefs to the bishop for loyalty and protection.
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