Religion can be a force for good, but when those in command seek to increase
their control, it can become a dangerous tool. This volume explores the
political power the Catholic Church possessed in medieval Europe and the lengths
it went to in order to keep and expand that influence. Full-color photos, quotes
from primary sources, and a timeline of important events supplement the main
text to give readers a better understanding of the perils that can occur when an
institution abuses its power.