church: Church was the center of medieval life/times. The church people knew how to read and write.Church officials were right next to the nobles and right below the king.
kings were always at the top nobles were right next to the church officals knights were above them and the people who were below the knights were the peasants
there daily life was basic they had good teeth because there wasn't a lot of sweets aka sugar a lot if people ate bread :( poor people ate mostly cheese a lot of poor people and peasants were very skiny because they did not have much to eat
the pope were at the top the cardinals were at the second top below the cardinals were the Archbishops below them were the bishop lastly there are the porish priests
the most powerful king gave land to the king below him and and promised loyalty to the king above him even lesser nobles got land and promised loyalty to lesser king and so on.
you would have to be forced to say you believe in the church even if you didn't and the teaching in the church to.