Deeds of Pope Innocent III: By an Anonymous Author

Deeds of Pope Innocent III: By an Anonymous Author

by James M. Powell
     
 

"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… See more details below

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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:
03/07/2007
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
334
Sales rank:
1,286,439
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.75(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
The Deeds of Pope Innocent III by an Anonymous Author
Family, Education, Election3
Rome and the Papal States7
The Kingdom of Sicily17
Spiritual Concerns55
The Crusade and Church Unity77
Peter of Aragon in Rome228
The Papal States231
Papal Concerns with the Churches235
Rome, Again!241
Works of Piety: The Gift List257
App. IMartin of Tropau's Life of Innocent III269
App. IISignificant Emendations to the Edition of the Gesta Innocentii III271
App. IIITerracina273
Bibliography275
Index281

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