Question by xoxo♥: Why were there power struggles between the Roman Catholic Church and kings?
Why were there power struggles between the Roman Catholic Church and kings? I know this was one of the causes of the Protestant Reformation but I don’t know why it triggered this movement. Can someone explain?
Answer by Josh
well it all depended on the king for their underlying reasons but the chief issue was the fact that the Pope held power over them during earlier ages this hadnt been such a big issue for kings as government was less centralised however during the period of the reformation the kingdoms of europe had become more centralised and the kings wanted absolute rule. Also due to the popes power it meant if any other king tool control of the pope they would have power over other kings. This i what happened when King Henry VIII wanted a annulment but couldnt because the Holy Roman Emperor had pretty much imprisoned the Pope and he didnt want Henry to get a divorce. This ultimately lead Henry to say the pope didnt have authority over him anyway so he broke away from the church.
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