Holy Roman Emperor Henry IV Reaches Canossa

Holy Roman Emperor Henry IV Reaches Canossa

Holy Roman Emperor Henry IV
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Holy Roman Emperor Henry IV reaches the gates of Canossa his "Walk to Canossa" to ask for forgiveness from Pope Gregory VII for defying him during the Investiture Conflict - the conflict over who had the authority to invest clergy.

To demonstrate the sincerity of his penance, Henry IV has worn a hair shirt like that used by monks and walked barefoot over the Alps in winter.

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