A short story of the conflict of Popes and Rulers in the medieval times.
King Charlemagne was a devout christian who ruled his land in a Christian manner. One day he had a visitor, it was Pope Leo III who had been run out of his land after learning of a plot to remove him from office.
I have been run out of my land in Rome, by my rivals.
I am in need of your help!
I shall help you Pope Leo III.
I now pronounce you... Emperor!
Pope Leo III was able to return to Rome, under the King's protection. In thanks for Charlemagne's service to the church, the pope crowned emperor. However this caused a new conflict to come to rise. In Eastern Europe, the pope crowning someone Emperor was an insult to the Byzantine Emperor, and so Eastern Europe was what lead to a schism.
I am deeply honored.
Can the pope even do that?
Charlemagne and Pope Leo III also got into conflict. Charlemagne believed that god made him emperor so he could do God's work, and the pope assisted him. However the pope believed that the emperor was there to assist the church in gods quest.
YOU AND THE CHURCH ARE HERE TO HELP ME!!! God made me this, and you need to help me do his duty.
I made you emperor, your duty is to help us, the church, help do god's duty.
200 years after Charlemagne's coronation, a new conflict begins. A monk that became Pope Gregory VII, implemented new rules declaring him Supreme authority over all people, and he could choose his won bishops.
I now have supreme authority to choose bishops, and rule over the Church, and non-religious people.
King Henry IV was insulted that the pope was trying to take his power away. A conflict started when Henry put his own bishop in. The Pope responded by putting in his own bishop.
I am going to remove you from office.
You cannot, since you are now excommunicated from the church.
After King Henry was shamed, he went to Gregory to ask for forgiveness. And though he was given forgiveness, later the King went with an army to remove the pope from office. After both of their deaths, more conflict arose between the popes, Even though there was Concordat of Worms, there was still conflict between the two.