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Middle Ages - Medieval Church
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Part of Middle Ages:

1. General

2. Middle Ages

3. Medieval Church

The medieval Church, as here dealt with, is primarily the Church of the Frankish-German empire, Roman and Germanic in roots, in the period from its founding by Charlemagne until the Investiture Controversy. This “imperial” Church, enmeshed in the political organization of the Empire, was under the protection and power of the sacral kingship of the Franks and Germans. Recognized for the most part as a constitutive element of the Empire, and as…

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Karl Schnith, “Middle Ages - Medieval Church”, in: Sacramentum Mundi Online, General Editor Karl Rahner, SJ. Consulted online on 05 March 2024 <>
First published online: 2016

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