Popes vs Kings comic strip
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I have chosen a bishop for our country!
If this really is true, then I'm afraid to say that I disapprove of your choice and will not allow this person you have chosen to be the bishop of our country.
But I am the king of this country and have the right to select the bishop!
I believe that you do not. Popes should be the only ones able to choose religious officials, and this includes bishops.
How dare that pope question my authority! I have succeeded with convincing all the bishops in Germany to remove that terrible Pope Gregory VII. He will soon see an end to his power!
He tried to remove me! This will definitely result with a consequence. I will excommunicate him, but I will not stop there. I will also call all the nobles in the empire to overthrow that King Henry. He will regret having even tried to get rid of me in the first place.
I will not accept this! I will not be powerless. I have no choice but to go to Gregory and beg for forgiveness. I will not leave Italy until I have regained my power.
King Henry stood barefoot in the snow for three days outside Gregory's castle. Eventually, Pope Gregory VII accepts Henry's apology and allows him to return to attending the church. Although Gregory does this, he has still proven that the pope is more powerful than the king. After King Henry IV and Pope Gregory VII die, the fight over the right to choose the bishop continues even though a compromise was made.
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