Power Struggles of the Holy Roman Empire: Popes vs. Emperors


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The Investiture Controversy was a power struggle between_____.

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1. Which of the following kings, raised by Pope Innocent III, ultimately had a difficult relationship with papal power?

2. Why did Otto III move the capital of the Holy Roman Empire to Rome?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

As the power of the Catholic Church increased during the High Middle Ages, emperors fought to gain control over the Holy Roman Empire. This quiz/worksheet combination will explore tension between emperors and the papacy in the battle for secular control.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

This quiz will test knowledge of the following:

  • Authorizing the appointment of officials
  • King who was repeatedly excommunicated
  • Self-appointed 'Emperor of the Romans'

Skills Practiced

Students will gain practice in the following skills:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on relationships between popes and emperors in the Holy Roman Empire
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding control of Jerusalem
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the childhood of Frederick II

Additional Learning

The Power Struggles of the Holy Roman Empire: Popes vs. Emperors lesson, along with its companion quiz and worksheet, contains the following objectives:

  • Explore how the Investiture Controversy caused Germany to lose power
  • Explain how participation in the Crusades led to the excommunication of Fredrick II
  • Discuss ways in which the High Middle Ages were characterized by conflicts between popes and emperors fighting for dominance