The balance of power within the government was also flawed. While technically an absolute monarchy, the power of the monarch was greatly checked by the political power of others, and was hampered by the remaining relics of feudalism. The Church held power, mainly through the influence it had over the hearts and minds of the majority of the people. Catholicism was part of people’s everyday lives, and they trusted the teachings of the Church far more than they trusted the people who taxed them into poverty. The Church held records of births, marriages, and deaths. There were also clergymen in positions of power at all levels of the government.11