Question: Did the Catholic Church have a police force in the medieval period?
For example, if a British king was accused of heresy by the church, who would have arrested him? I’m specifically interested in the time period around 500 AD
Britain wasn't primarily a Christian territory in 500 AD. Rome had recalled it's legions 383 AD and the Britons ...
No, the Catholic Church did not have a Police force around 500 AD to arrest a British King.
Some of the reasons why this was not so:
Police, as it is known today, started to form during the 17th Century
in the Roman Empire the army was commonly used where needed
The Catholic Church, as a state authority, did not yet exist
Kingdoms had envolved from ...