The 14th Century Church

The Church was, in the 14th century, the most powerful and wide reaching organisation of its day. It was the only mediaeval institution that had found the administrative capacity, harvested the knowledge and the ability to account for money, that permitted it to operate on a truly international scale. The Church grew wealthy, and with that wealth came corruption, both moral and physical. Priests failed to keep to their vows and as the institution of the Church grew rich, so did many of the individual servants of the Church.