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Pope Gregory the Great

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  1. Pope Gregory the Great • Son of wealthy Roman senator • Sales possessions to build seven monasteries • Devotes his life to simple prayer • Pope ask him to be his messenger to Constantinople • Gregory writes important book that laid out important Christian ideas like Purgatory • 590 becomes Pope

  2. Pope Gregory • United western Europe through missionaries • Believed that church and state formed one society Christendom the pope should rule in spiritual matters and the emperor in material affairs. *Gregorian chant: religious music Latin based on Scripture, no harmonies, no instruments *Gregorian calendar still used today

  3. Pope Leo III / Charlemagne • Christendom worked once • Pope Leo III needed the help of Charlemagne to keep Rome from being attacked • Charlemagne was a powerful conqueror • In exchange Pope Leo III named him Holy Roman emperor 800 AD • Charlemagne helped, gained control of almost all of western Europe

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