Pope Benedict VIII Crowns Henry II Emperor Hot

Pope Benedict VIII Crowns Henry II Emperor

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Pope Benedict VIII crowns Henry II of Bavaria, King of Germany and of Italy, as Holy Roman Emperor. The family of Pope Benedict VIII is heavily involved in Roman political intrigues, and one of the results of this is the election of an antipope, Gregory VI, in 1012.

When German king Henry II recognizes Benedict as pope, though, Gregory quickly disappears. That's when Pope Benedict VIII agrees to crown Henry II. Thus while the authority of a pope to crown someone as Holy Roman Emperor theoretically implies the superiority of the church over temporal rules, in reality that authority is dependent upon the willingness of temporal rulers to recognize and and even provide it.

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