William Of The Battle Of Hastings

1124 Words Mar 13th, 2016 5 Pages
In 1066, King Harold and Anglo-Saxon Europe were over-ruled by William of Normandy in the Battle of Hastings. William became known as “The Conquerer” and was crowned King of England on December the 25th, 1066. The incipient ruler then utilised the Feudal System as a governmental and social hierarchy to maintain power over the country. He did so through paying his people fiefs (pieces of land) in return for their allegiance. Following the end of King Harold’s reign, England became a “Church-State” called Christendom. This meant that the secular hierarchy (Feudalism) was joined by an ecclesiastical one (the Church). Thought to be the superintendent of fortuity and fate, God sat at the top of both. This gifted Popes, who alongside Kings, were supposedly in equivalent control over England, so that they could grow stronger than Kings between 1100 (12th Century) and 1200 (13th Century), regaining their power following the Great Schism. This was the result of “Investiture Conflict” over who employed the clergy. They could then Preach sermons to the community of nearly 100% Christians, and some even appointed new rulers. Sadly, like previous Kings (who appointed family as Church clergy), some Popes became corrupt and capitalised their power. They prevaricated about what the Bible expressed, to receive more money from the attendants of the Sunday mass. This was the majority of people, known as the Laity. Monks and Nuns were part of the Laity, only they lived their entire…
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