How did the Roman Church succeed in getting such a firm hold on society during the Middle Ages?

Question by Marcel: How did the Roman Church succeed in getting such a firm hold on society during the Middle Ages?
How did the Roman Church succeed in getting such a firm hold on society during the Middle Ages?

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Answer by Mia
It started long before that and was greatly influenced by the development of one centralized religious authority and the increase in power that entailed and then the intermingling of government and religion. The Catholic Church could also imposed taxes. In addition to collecting taxes, the Church also accepted gifts of all kinds from individuals who wanted special favors or wanted to be certain of a place in heaven. The power of the Catholic Church grew with its wealth. The Catholic Church was then able to influence the kings and rulers of Europe.

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