Babylonian Captivity of the Church and the Decline of Papal Authority


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What events prompted Clement V to move the Papal court to France?

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1. Which of the following is the best example of the influence which the French King Philip IV had over the popes in Avignon?

2. Where did Clement V move his residence?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz and worksheet combo will help you assess your knowledge of the Babylonian captivity of the Church and the decline of papal authority. Things you'll need to know to pass the test include who ordered the arrest of the Knights Templar and what pope moved his court from Rome to France.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

These assessments will test you on the following:

  • What pope moved his court to France
  • What pope moved the papal court back to Rome
  • Where Clement V established his residence
  • Who ordered the arrest of the Knights Templar
  • How Petrarch referred to the Avignon Papacy

Skills Practiced

  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information about the Avignon papacy in a different light
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the decline of papal authority
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the Babylonian captivity of the Catholic church

Additional Learning

To learn more about the Avignon papacy, review the corresponding lesson on the Babylonian Captivity of the Church and the Decline of Papal Authority. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Learn about the origin of the term Babylonian captivity
  • Know who the Knights Templar were and what happened to them
  • Discuss the Avignon papacy
  • Explore the 14th century schism in the Catholic church