Control of the church during the middle ages

Essay by i8cookiemonstrJunior High, 9th grade April 2007

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In the early middle ages, the church dominated the lives of the people, politically, socially, and economically. It was the most powerful spiritual and worldly force during these times. It had control over everything that was going on during that time period. Politically, it had the power to take away rights from anyone who was threatening the power of the church and it could enforce new laws, for example, the Magna Carta, which took away many rights from the king. Socially, it had control over everything you did because it could send you to hell if you did something against the church. And economically, they had most of their followers giving them 10% of their income in a tithe.

In the setup of the Roman Catholic church, the pope was the spiritual leader and he had the most power in the hierarchyarchy. He made all the big decisions and he had the final word on everything that went on.

The pope was the only person who could give people titles like “Holy roman emperor” like Charlemange. He had an army of churchmen that supervised his activities. Below him were the high church officials who were usually nobles, then the archbishops, and the priests, who supervised the religious lives of the townspeople and comforted them.

The church ruled the political world in the middle ages in many ways. The government and the church ruled together. The church has the power to appoint rulers and give people titles or take them away. The church could make decisions for the rulers because although they weren’t in charge, if the ruler went against the church’s beliefs they could excommunicate the ruler, or put the whole country under interdict. Either way, the church would have their way because if the ruler was excommunicated, nobody...