The Papacy

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Columbia University Press, 1992 - History - 330 pages

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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Contents

The Roman Congregation Before Constantine the Great
1
The Papacy and Rome Until the Death of Theodoric 526
15
The Papacy Under Byzantine Rule until 774
52
The Papacy Under Carolingian Rule 774904
88
The Papacy Under the Influence of the Roman Nobility 9041046
108
The Papacy During the Investiture Contest 10461123
130
The Expansion of Papal Authority 11241198
151
The Papacy at the Peak of Its Power 11981303
170
The Papacy in Avignon 13031378
198
Schism and Reform 13781447
219
Restoration and Renaissance 14471534
237
Summary and Outlook
260
Appendix
269
Selected Bibliography
281
Index
315
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About the author (1992)

Bernhard Schimmelpfennig is Professor of Religious History at the University of Augsburg, Germany.

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