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Unformatted text preview: On the other hand, Charles Martel and his predecessors confiscated Church lands and gave it to his favored counts, at the same time as appointing his own bishops. These in turn often tried to stymie ecclesiastic reform. Such trends degraded the quality of the Church, as well as its mission. It also meant the nature of further Christianization was questionable. This was especially true after the terrible decades of warfare and Lombard advance in Italy had wrecked the remnants of classical learning. Further, during the years of Merovingian- Carolingian transition in the 700s, the ability of Byzantium to provide any safety against Lombards disappeared. In these circumstances, the Pope had actually become a secular power in Italian areas abandoned by the Byzantines and not under direct Lombard control. He was a comparatively weak secular ruler, though, and looked to the rising new Frankish rulers for help, even while insisting on his...
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This note was uploaded on 12/11/2011 for the course HIST 1320 taught by Professor Murphy during the Fall '08 term at Texas State.
- Fall '08