Bernhard Schimmelpfennig chronicles the institution of the papacy and its influence on the culture, politics, and economy throughout the decline of the Roman emparie, Byzantine rule, and the Middle Ages in his book, The Papacy. The full spectrum of the institutional Medieval Church is examined as Schimmelpfennig presents its evolution through liturgical, political, artistic, cultural, and economic developments, as well as social changes that occurred under the papacy's influence such as a revamping of marriage laws, housing construction, and food distribution.
Chapters cover the Roman congregation of the apostolic and post-apostolic eras (110-113 CE) through the time of Constantine the Great (r. 310-337), onto the papacy at the peak of its power (1198-1303), and finally ending with the papacy of the Renaissance (1447-1534). A salient feature of the book is the new light shed on Rome as the physical setting of the Vatican and the marked influence it has had on the papacy. For example, the vast papal construction projects of the late fifteenth century demonstrate the papal power exerted over the Roman civic administration.
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The Roman Congregation Before Constantine the Great
The Papacy and Rome Until the Death of Theodoric 526
The Papacy Under Byzantine Rule until 774
The Papacy Under Carolingian Rule 774904
The Papacy Under the Influence of the Roman Nobility 9041046
The Papacy During the Investiture Contest 10461123
The Expansion of Papal Authority 11241198
The Papacy at the Peak of Its Power 11981303