The Church was the center of medieval life. • The people believed that their souls could only be saved through the Church
The Church owned a large amount of land • This made many Church officials powerful lords
The Church became rich from its share of the crops and money from tithes.
The Church had its own set of laws- Canon Laws • The Church excommunicated those who did not obey rules
Monasteries and convents were centers of learning • Monks and nuns preserved ancient writings