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There was another, more problematic side to it, however. By placing the crown on the  Carolingian's head, the Pope had made symbolic claim to supremacy over the secular.  Charlemagne is reported to have thoroughly resented this. Something of a precedent was set;  Louis would have himself re-coronated by the Pope after Charlemagne's death, while all  inheritors of the Imperial title would hasten across the Alps to Rome to be recognized by the  Papacy. Still, given the realities of power, it was most often the Pope who was dependent on  Carolingian kings. The powerful ones interfered in Papal elections when possible, and popes in  turn made efforts not to cross Imperial desires. Finally, assumption of the Imperial title  aggravated Charlemagne's relations with Byzantium for a time. 
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  • Fall '08
  • Murphy
  • imperial title, Carolingian kings., Carolingian achievement, European/Christian leadership. Learned, Carolingian successors

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