Imperium: Season 3, Episode 1

Duell zwischen Kreuz und Krone (27 Apr. 2008)

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Arguably the most eventful conflict of the Middle Ages was the battle for supremacy on earth -notably feudal Catholic Europe- between the temporal emperor of the Holy Roman Empire and the ... See full summary »

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Arguably the most eventful conflict of the Middle Ages was the battle for supremacy on earth -notably feudal Catholic Europe- between the temporal emperor of the Holy Roman Empire and the in principle spiritual papacy, vicarage of God entrusted with the keys to heaven. Henry IV, king of Germany eager to be crowned emperor, went too far in Caesaropapism -usurping ecclesiastical, notably papal, privileges- by investing (appointing) bishops, is excommunicated and must make a penitential pilgrimage to Canossa, where pope Gregory VII has to publicly absolve him, knowing there is no sincere remorse. Later excommunications fail to force the emperor's hand, imperial troops prove able to remove a pope from the Roman throne, yet even a puppet pope performing the coronation maintains the almost theocratic principle of a papal seal of approval. Later popes establish a more temporal power base by hording financial means, both cash income and land, not just privately but also a claim to sovereignty... Written by KGF Vissers

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