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  • 1. THE MEDIEVAL CHURCH
  • 2. Main Ideas
    • What is Papal Supremacy?
    • What was the impact of excommunication?
    • What was the importance of the Church?
    • How did monks and nuns help build Christianity in Europe?
  • 3.  
  • 4. What is Papal Supremacy
    • Christianity became the official religion of the Roman Empire in 380 A.D.
    • Church was unifying force during the chaotic time of Western Europe
    • Popes lived in Rome
    • Popes began to believe that they had more power than the king
  • 5. What was the impact of excommunication?
    • Could not receive the sacraments or a Christian burial
    • A noble could face an interdict if he opposed the Church
    • Church demanded fighting stop between Friday through Sunday, which helped feudal warfare decrease
  • 6. What was the importance of the Church?
    • Priest was the only contact people had with the Church
    • Rituals and faith were a part of everyday life
    • Was the social center where visiting and dancing took place
    • Daily life revolved around Christian calendar
  • 7. How did monks and nuns help build Christianity in Europe?
    • Emphasized hard work
    • Copied and stored important writings
    • Provided social service, such as taking care of the sick and poor, setting up schools, and caring for travelers
  • 8. Review
    • What did the priest provide for the people?
    • What did monks and nuns provide for people?
    • When did the Church demand that fighting stop?