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The twelfth century can be attributed to the emergence of feudal monarchs in Western Europe Historical events and determined leaders contributed to the growth of royal authority after it was a weak kingship under feudalism for a long period of time King Louis VI of France faced many hardships in providing order securing peace and protecting his people some of these royal duties have been neglected as a result of an inefficient central government Based on the feudal custom it was up to the lords to create order within their manor One such lord Thomas of Marle abused his power without any fear for punishment His hunger for rule land and riches caused him to violently seek it Thomas executed the clergy burned towns and slaughtered the people in seeking the land of the Church He also went after the rich seized their property and possessions to increase his own domain Thomas actions were done during the time that King Louis VI was fighting wars to defend his kingdom and ensure security This and the undeveloped communication made it impossible for the King to respond faster to the cruelty Thomas of Marle was able to obtain much of the Churchs territory and two manors He built walls and towers around his newly acquired property and still felt no remorse for the deaths and destruction of many The Church of France finally gathered its clergy to an assembly where it was decided to take action against the tyrant Since the Church wasnt 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 Churchs decision served as a blessing 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 wicked people in the same manner
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