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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • Pope (1073–1085) who sought to establish the supremacy of the pope within the Church and the authority of the Church over the state.

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  • noun the Italian pope who fought to establish the supremacy of the pope over the Roman Catholic Church and the supremacy of the church over the state (1020-1085)

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Examples

  • Pope Gregory VII had attempted to strip Emperor Henry IV of his sovereign right to appoint the clergymen that served the Holy Roman Empire.

    Rakim Brooks: Obama and the King Who Knelt in the Snow

  • Henry VIII fired back, saying it's easy for Gregory VII to say -- since there isn't a Mrs. Pope to nag him with her womanly frailties.

    Doug Lieblich: Opening to a Late Night Show Aired in the Middle Ages

  • Henry VIII fired back, saying it's easy for Gregory VII to say -- since there isn't a Mrs. Pope to nag him with her womanly frailties.

    Doug Lieblich: Opening to a Late Night Show Aired in the Middle Ages

  • It strengthened the papacy and the bishops by making civil authority derive from ecclesiastical conferment; Gregory VII and Innocent III would build a mightier Church on the events of 800 in Rome.

    Charlemagne, King of the Franks, 28 Jan 814

  • Look, all we are saying is that unless Sen Obama crawls towards Sen Clinton on his knees through West Virginia in sack-cloth and ashes like Henry IV grovelling before Gregory VII in Canossa, we will know that he is not serious about uniting the country ...

    Clinton Camp: Obama Shouldn't Get Away With Writing Off West Virginia Loss

  • It strengthened the papacy and the bishops by making civil authority derive from ecclesiastical conferment; Gregory VII and Innocent III would build a mightier Church on the events of 800 in Rome.

    Charlemagne, King of the Franks, 28 Jan 814

  • It strengthened the papacy and the bishops by making civil authority derive from ecclesiastical conferment; Gregory VII and Innocent III would build a mightier Church on the events of 800 in Rome.

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  • Popes no longer claim the power to bring penitent princes to their knees in the snow, as Gregory VII did with Henry IV; the modern papacy deploys a greater power, the power to propose and persuade, religiously and morally.

    How Benedict XVI Will Make History

  • Platina, The Lives of the Popes from the Time of our Saviour Jesus Christ to the Accession of Gregory VII, 2 vols., W.

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  • It was always believed at Rome that Mathilda had given all her states, all her possessions, present and to come, to her friend Gregory VII. by a solemn deed, in her castle of Canossa, in 1077, for the relief of her own soul and that of her parents.

    A Philosophical Dictionary

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