In the days of Feudalism the king would appoint dukes who were often times close friends or family and grant them control over a large piece of land with a nice castle to live in. The duke would have complete control over the people who were little more than slaves to him. It ensured the king would have greater control over the people. Since he alone could not subject his iron fist rule over the entire country, especially the peasants who lived far away, he depended on his most loyal subjects to keep the order.
The state run church acted as the propaganda arm. Controlling the religious information by outlawing ownership of Bibles and reinforcing the idea that the king, queen, and other royalty held their positions because it was God's will was force fed to the peasants. To reject the king was to reject God.
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