Deeds of Pope Innocent III: By an Anonymous Author

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"The Deeds of Pope Innocent III, composed before 1210 by an anonymous member of the papal curia, provides a unique window into the activities, policies, and strategies of the papacy and the curia during one of the most important periods in the history of the medieval church. Innocent III, who became pope in 1198 and reigned until 1216, has long been regarded as one of the most important popes in history." "This partial biography covering the first ten years of Innocent's pontificate was written by a cleric close to the pope and familiar with the curia. The translator, James M. Powell, suggests that it was written by the canonist and later cardinal Peter of Benevento. Peter had a profound knowledge of southern Italy and closely followed Innocent's efforts to unify the churches of the East and West and to promote the crusade." The translator provides an engaging introduction and adds numerous explantory notes throughout the book. Those who seek a fuller understanding of the development of the papacy during a period of great change in medieval religious history will find this work essential.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813214887
  • Publisher: Catholic Univ.of America Press
  • Publication date: 3/7/2007
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 334
  • Sales rank: 1,247,102
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Table of Contents

The Deeds of Pope Innocent III by an Anonymous Author
Family, Education, Election 3
Rome and the Papal States 7
The Kingdom of Sicily 17
Spiritual Concerns 55
The Crusade and Church Unity 77
Peter of Aragon in Rome 228
The Papal States 231
Papal Concerns with the Churches 235
Rome, Again! 241
Works of Piety: The Gift List 257
App. I Martin of Tropau's Life of Innocent III 269
App. II Significant Emendations to the Edition of the Gesta Innocentii III 271
App. III Terracina 273
Bibliography 275
Index 281
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