When Henry made up his mind to destroy the monasteries and nunneries, it was not hard for him to find out many bad things which could truly be said of the monks and nuns, and which he could use as an excuse for taking away their property.
It was an era when the vested powers in the hands of the Pope were so great that he could even excommunicate a king for a misdeed.
I was a little confused and I asked him what he meant by that. The city of Rome became another major destination for pilgrims. Pilgrimages were also an important religious activity of the medieval people.
The Crusadesarmed campaigns mounted to win control of the Holy Land, were understood as a particular kind of pilgrimage, and so were many of the quests pursued by knights in life and legend. He was dark skinned, dark haired, and extremely handsome, so I decided to get acquainted with him.
Thomas at Canterbury Church festivals and saints' days were 'holy days', when people didn't have to work. Similar to going on pilgrimages, which was a favored activity, crusading was a demonstration of Christian love and devotion that made up for and paid the punishments earned by transgression.
The need to accommodate larger numbers of pilgrims caused many churches to undertake major renovations, for example, Saint-Denis, which was dramatically altered under Abbott Suger in the early twelfth century.