Annals of Xanten

The Church of France finally gathered its clergy to an assembly where it was decided to take action against the tyrant. Since the Church wasn't physically able to step up to Thomas itself, due to its lack of military, it was assumed that King Louis would do the job, given that he made a promise to protect the Church when taking office. Church's decision served as a "blessingaE to Louis VI in attacking Thomas' castle. King Louis VI easily defeated the men of Thomas of Marle. He avenged the Church by punishing the "wickedaE people in the same manner as they tortured the residents of the land; church's property was restored. These just actions promoted the sense of law in France and won Louis the admiration of many. Not only he won the favor of the people, but he had also proved himself to be a successful military leader. Louis had made sure that no heirs of Thomas succeed to power in that town and by this he further intervened in the affairs of feudal manors. Such intrusion accomplished him to be recognized as an ultimate authority, something he had desired the whole time. Louis VII of France took a different approach to increasin



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