1.David’s victories were over, and he was residing in his palace, enjoying his kingdom. From his position up high, David was able to see Bathsheba on the roof of her house. David desired Bathsheba, even though she was the wife of one of his ‘Mighty Men’, and a loyal and valiant warrior, Uriah the Hittite. David had relations with Bathsheba even though she belonged to Uriah.
2. David had Uriah killed, in order that he might marry Bathsheba, since she had become pregnant with David’s child. Uriah was betrayed by David, after his years of bravery and loyal service to King David.
3. Shortly after this narrative, David is rebuked by Nathan for taking what didn’t belong to him, and his unjust action.
4. Almost immediately following the story of Bathsheba is the story of Absalom. Absalom desires to be king, and he takes his father’s throne. David leaves Jerusalem and goes out into the wilderness with his loyal followers, where they make plans to take back the thrown in Jerusalem.
1.The time of Crusading was coming to an end, as Europe lost interest in fighting in the Holy Lands. Europe was enjoying her freedom and success. From his position as head of state, King Philip the Fair was able to know how rich the Knights Templar had become from all the donations to them during the Crusades. The Knights Templar were a very devout, selfless and highly effective order of fighting monks, who won amazing victories in the Crusades, and kept the Holy Land safe for pilgrims. King Philip the Fair was greatly in debt to the Knights Templar, and owed them much money. He borrowed from them to have lavish parties.
2. With the help of the Pope, who was living in Avignon at that point, King Philip was able to falsely accuse the Knights Templar. They were tortured and many of them were killed. The Order was completely disbanded. The Knights were betrayed by the Pope and by King Philip the Fair, because they wanted their money and vast estates in France.
3. St. Catherine of Sienna would approach the pope, and plead with him to go back to his rightful place in Rome, instead of being somewhere he didn’t belong.
4. After the Avignon papacy, the pope did return to Rome. However, shortly after, a new conclave was held. The cardinals regretted their choice, and they held another. Now, there were two claimants to the papacy. The both couldn’t be seated in Rome, so one of the claimants left Rome and went back to France. Eventually, the Church was able to regain just one true claimant who would sit in Rome from then on.