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Who did the middle age church struggle over power with?

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In the past, such as the Middle Ages, the pope had immense power. This was because nearly everyone went to church back then (namely the Catholic church, which the pope belongs to), thereby giving the pope extreme power. (Hence the common corruption/misuse of power when it came to the popes-- though that is a matter of opinion.) Due to being at the head of such power, the pope acted as someone of, well, power. However, they weren't supposed to be the head of the power. The king(s) was. And so a power struggle is what ensued, with the Church (pope) wanting or possessing power that, by law, belonged to the king. And, of course, the pope held power over the church people, complicating the problem. This power struggle shows what it means to have a separation between church and state, and to have a lack of one. An example of this power struggle is with Pope Leo III and Charlemagne. Read about it at the link below. Remember to read Part II to get the whole picture.



The Christian church exerted control over Europeans in the Middle Ages by amassing political power and with its numerous land holdings as well as with its spiritual authority.


In the middle ages, the king usually had power over everything. But their power required cooperation from the church and the vassals to be sustained.


The nobility and the king had power, but over them was the Catholic Church. The church was the ultimate power over everyone.


Wars occur over a struggle for power.


Canada is a " middle power."? Power over what??


Henry II wanted power over the Church because if he gained more power over the Church, then he gained more power over the people. He wanted power over the people so the people would listen to him and then he could change the country however he wanted.


The medieval church used its religious power to manipulate people into thinking that if they did not do what the church mandated, they would go to hell. The church took advantage of the superstitious people and medieval kings and used its religious power to take over the world. Power in the middle ages was used and abused the same as it is today - the rich and powerful do as they want, and the lesser people get trampled on.


The medieval Church was usually quite powerful, and it was often a question of whether the Church would be able to keep its power of the kings and emperors, or whether they would be able to exert power over it. There are links below. --- For practical purposes, it was the government of western Europe and held the monetary power.


Under Tenants had power over the peasants


The Church still has the power of the people because they're extremely rich. ANSWER The Church has power mainly over the uneducated, but also uses the power of guilt and the unknown to influence people to remain under its control.


Sex had a lot of power over the people living in the middle colonies of Pandora, compadre...


Not very good Medieval life even for the king was not all about the pomp & grandeur, if you were a king you had the constant struggle of maintaining power over the lords middle class.


There were a number of things that contributed to the decline of the Catholic Church's power in the Middle Ages. One was the ongoing dispute between the Church and the various governments over who had power. Both sides lost in this. An example is the Investiture Controversy. Another was the East-West schism, which resulted from a dispute over the leadership of the Church. The eastern Church split from the Western, forming the Eastern Orthodox Church. This reduced the prestige of the popes, even in the West. The Black Death caused many people to question the whole idea of religion. Various problems within the Church, including the sale of indulgences, lead to decline in respect for the Church, and eventually to the separation of the Protestant groups from the Catholic Church. Though this is regarded as having happened after the Middle Ages were over, it began long before then.


The Pope has no power over the Orthodox Church. There are 7 Patriarchs, who are equivalent to a Pope.


They were the government. They controlled over people, and scared people into doing things with the thought of disobeying god.



Basically the church is the employer of the clergy within their ranks.


The Catholic Church and the monarchy of Europe.


altho he was king, he didnt like the fact that the church had more power over the way his country was run, society was more likely to agree with the church as religion was so strong in his days


The popes had enormous moral authority, and they could excommunicate kings, but they controlled armies of any size, and were often at the mercy of monarchs. At one time a dispute over political power divided the Roman Catholic Church and there were rival popes in Rome and Avignon. On the other hand, monarchs who tried to exert too much power over the Church sometimes lost. There is a link below for more information.


church had so much power over the people. After Black Death people lost their faith and church lost power.


because people didn't git killed as often for questioning the masters A.K.A CHURCH Wrong, the church lost power because of the unification of the "new monarchs". It was no longer church over state, as this was a threat to the sovereign power of the monarch. Not only that, but before that an event known as the Great Schism took place and the church lost a lot of reputation then. Then there was the Avignon papacy, which really screwed the church over. That is why the church lost power during the Renaissance.


None, since the Roman Empire fell apart in about 400 AD and the Middle Ages started over 500 years later. The Church faced numerous problems during the fall of the Roman Empire, which eventually led to the Western Church (now the Roman Catholic Church) and the Eastern Church (now the Greek Orthodox Church) to split and excommunicate the other. During the Middle Ages, the Church became very influential with the royal and noble households and had practically untouchable political and economic power.