The Investiture Conflict: Rulers vs. the Centralized Church


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The Investiture Conflict was waged over:

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1. What was the Dictatus Papae?

2. Which German king and Holy Roman Emperor challenged Pope Gregory but eventually ended up surrendering in the dramatic Walk to Canossa?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

These assessments will help increase your knowledge on the Investiture Conflict, which was a fight for power that took place in the 11th and 12th centuries in Europe. The interactive quiz will test your knowledge by asking about the specific details and facts surrounding the conflict.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Use these assessment tools to gauge your knowledge of:

  • Which two entities fought for power during the Investiture Conflict
  • The right that the conflict was waged over
  • What the Dictatus Papae was
  • Who challenged Pope Gregory but eventually ended up surrendering in the Walk to Canossa
  • The proposed compromise that attempted to end the Investiture Conflict

Skills Practiced

This worksheet and quiz let you practice the following skills:

  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define main phrases, such as Dictatus Papae and Walk to Canossa
  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information about a historical conflict between the church and the state in a different light
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the individuals and the groups involved in the Investiture Conflict

Additional Learning

To learn more about a fight between the church and the state in 11th and 12th century Europe, review the corresponding lesson called The Investiture Conflict: Ruler vs. the Centralized Church. This lesson does the following:

  • Introduces what the conflict was
  • Discusses how it began
  • Explores the call for reform
  • Identifies the conflict between Pope Gregory VII and Henry IV
  • Describes the German rebellion that took place