Medieval Europe

Medieval Europe

Feudalism.

Feudalism.

The fall of Rome in 476 CE left Europe in a decentralized state of government. Small kingdoms ruled Europe. People who were protected for years under the Roman empire now had nobody to protect them. Most commoners, fearing for their lives, would agree to give up some of their freedoms in exchange for the protection of a lord. This was called Feudalism.

The Catholic Church's power increased during this time period. It increased so much that the Pope had more power than the kings. This was called Papal Supremacy.

Papal = having to do with the Pope

Papal supremacy = The Pope has power over secular kings




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