How important were clergy in medieval times?
The clergy were vitally important in Medieval times in every aspect of society. In small towns and villages, the local priest was the most important and influential figure in the town other than the lord. Even the local ruler often had to answer to the clergy and if an influential clergy member did not like a lord or ruler it often led to the people turning against them. In this time, the clergy were seen as the messengers of God and as holy figures. They were given the utmost reverence and respect by every member of society and had a phenomenal amount of power.