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Pope Gregory

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The best pope/emperor was Pope Gregory 7th. Gregory banned lay investiture. This meant that now only popes could appoint bishops. Before this, emperors were appointing their political supporters and friends as bishops or anyone else they wanted as bishops. Lay investiture assured that every bishop was holy and supported the church and Christianity before the emperor. Gregory also excommunicated emperor Henry 4th. This helped Romans because the subjects were being suppressed by Henry and Gregory freed them. Pope Gregory was also a very fair man. Although he had previously excommunicated him, when Henry came to Canossa to beg for forgiveness the pope forgave him and lifted the excommunication. Overall, Pope Gregory 7th was the best pope of the Middle Ages.

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Fourth Crusade

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My fourth and last crusade that ended today was brutal. Our mission was to conquer the Muslims who were controlling Jerusalem. They had no right to take ownership of such holy land, it is reserved for us, the Christians. it was a hard fought battle but unfortunately we were not victorious. Instead we got beat. Now the emperor(of Rome) is struggling to maintain power and Rome is failing. I am worried that all of the other flaws in Rome's government in addition to this loss will destroy Rome. I am worried that I man be killed because I was on the front lines but was a coward and pulled back leaving me unscathed. This may be it for my great country of Rome, and if it is, I am sorry I did not try harder. I am sorry Jesus for not fighting harder for your land

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Louis 4th

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King Louis the 4th was the best king of the Middle Ages. Louis ended serfdom. This was a huge step forward because people were previously bound to their land and Louis set them free. Serfs now had rights and property of their own. Louis made this chane while still maintaining order. Louis was a very fair king. He would hear court cases about himself to keep peace and to demonstrate to the people that he wasn't exempt from the laws. People felt trike they could be ole and connected with Louis. Louis also kept close to the church and the pope. This made sure they haver had big disagreements and there was never a power struggle. Overall, king Louis 4th was the best king of the Middle Ages.

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Literature

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The major advancement that helped the people of the high Middle Ages advance the most was literature. In the early Middle Ages, only some people were able to read and/ or write. Later on, people started to earn an education. People of different ranks and statuses alike were beginning to become educated. Along with their new education, people started to learn new and foreign languages. During this time, people began to write stories. The stories varied on genre, ranging from action to romance. They were written about knights chivalry, bravery and love. Monks started keeping records and became scribes. This advancement was very important to people in the Middle Ages because they could now learn and enjoy literature.

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The Black Plague

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The Black Plague caused a huge problems in the economics of the high Middle Ages. People were afraid to trade with the affected countries because they worried they would be affected as well. The organization of classes was completely muddled because all classes were affected leaving everyone on the same level. The population was declining because people of all ages were affected by the plague. People stopped working because of sickness or died leaving no one to continue their work. The Black Plague took a huge toll on economics. 

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