chapter  13
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Border Warfare between King and Pope in Late Medieval Denmark: A Case Study of Royal Politics towards Ecclesiastical Benefices and Papal Provisions c.1350–1525

When the development in the relationship between papal and princely power in the Late Middle Ages is described in general surveys, it is especially the striking clashes between the papacy and the English and French monarchies that are emphasized.1 is gives a false impression of the normal situation, since the strong kings of England and France cannot stand as typical representatives of the European princes in the Late Middle Ages. Some of the smaller and more marginal princely powers in particular had relations with the papacy that diered fundamentally from the English and French. And in spite of all antagonism between popes and princes, the two ‘monarchical’ powers of papacy and monarchy also had, of course, fundamental interests in common.2