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– prompted the pope’s unprecedented intervention in German politics: in his Lenten synod of 1076, Gregory excommunicated Henry and released German subjects from their fealty to him. 43 Two years later, at the November synod of 1078, Gregory’s continued frustration with the king’s behaviour resulted in the prohibition of lay investiture for the first time. 44 The synod’s decree against lay investiture was

in Chronicles of the Investiture Contest