Popes vs. Kings

Popes vs. Kings

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  • The popes and kings of Medieval Europe had a long history of getting into fights 
  • Michael Cerularius
  • Nope
  • Fine
  • Think about it, if St. Peter was the leader of the entire church, so should the rest of the popes
  • Well then you're excomunicated
  • About nineteen years later...
  • Emperor Henry IV
  • well, I'm the king, you shouldn't be questioning my authority, actually I don't think you should be pope.
  • Gregory, look at this bishop I chose
  • I don't like him
  • Pope Gregory VII
  • but I'll starve, no one will be allowed to talk to me!
  • Goodbye, Henry
  • well, congratulations, you've just gotten yourself excommunicated
  • Excommunication was very popular among popes
  • Italy
  • Henry stayed outside Greg's castle for three days. Gregory (eventually) forgave him, and he was returned to power
  • Gregory, I'm sorry, please make me king again, I've been standing out here for three days, and my feet are cold.
  • In 1122,  near the city of Worms, a king and a pope came to an agreement
  • Pope Callixtus II
  • I, as Pope, will choose all bishops and abbots
  • We can solve problems in a mature manner without excommunicating people or trying to fire them as Pope. 
  • But all the chosen abbots and bishops will have to obey me
  • Henry V
  • Although the arguing continued into the middle ages until a common cause united them. The Crusades
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