Popes vs Kings Power Struggle

Popes vs Kings Power Struggle

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  • Hmm, I can do that.
  • I want more power! Can you make me emperor so I  can have a special relationship with God.
  • The power of the church had made you emperor.
  • NO! It was God that made me emperor to do his work on Earth!
  •    When King Josh wanted to be more than just King, he went to someone he knew could help him out, Pope John. Pope John had come to town to be safer. King Josh approached him and told him his need and Pope John said that on Christmas Day, he would crown him emperor.
  • I have all the power now.
  • Just like Pope John promised, he held a coronation ceremony for the new emperor. All of the civilians were there cheering for him and were proud to be there to watch it. Although this may seem like a great accomplishment, this had many bad effects that would happen in the future. 
  • CHARGE!!!
  • I surrender.
  • One of the many conflicts that occurred between the Pope and the Emperor is why King Josh was chosen to be emperor. The emperor believed that god chose him but Pope John thought that the church chose him. This argument was just the start of many conflicts.
  • We have equal power now.
  • Over the next months, Pope John thought of a way to have more power than Emperor Josh. Pope John officially put forth  a list of rules claiming power over Church and non-church leaders, had the power to choose bishops, and could even remove emperors from the throne! Of course Emperor Josh did not like or agree with this new rule so he rebelled.
  • Eventually, Emperor Josh marched his army over to the Church and forced the Pope to surrender his position. Yet again, the Emperor had the power. It was not till 1122 that something about this changed.
  • In 1122, the Church and the Holy Roman Empire came up with an agreement called the Concordat of Worms. This gave the Church the power to choose bishops but the emperors to give grants of land to bishops to win their loyalty. Even though this seems fair, emperors and popes continued to have conflicts.
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