Innocent III: Leader of Europe 1198-1216 / Edition 1

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Innocent III (elected 1198, died 1216) has long been thought the greatest pope of the high Middle Ages. He launched the Fourth Crusade, sent an army against the Albigensians, and convened the Fourth Lateran Council. In his struggle with the most powerful monarchs of western Europe to assert the supremacy of the spiritual over the temporal power, he excommunicated King John, placed England under an interdict, forced Philip Augustus of France to take back the wife he had repudiated, and had the Emperor Otto IV deposed. But how solid is his reputation? To what extent was he personally responsible for the events of his reign? How far did he influence the massive changes of his time - the claim of the papacy to intervene in European affairs, and to act as universal arbiter and lawgiver? Were the great challenges that he met new? Was it particular circumstances that made it possible for him to leave his imprint on Europe? Who were his advisers? This book is the first reassessment of Innocent's career for nearly forty years. In it, Jane Sayers looks into Innocent's background and complex character. She examines his record as a temporal ruler struggling to establish a firm hold on the Papal States. She considers the influences on him, traces the development of his thought, and shows how he was influenced by the past. She stresses the important part that propaganda played in his dealings with secular rulers, and how firm belief in law led him to attempt the reform of the Church and the regulation of the behaviour of ordinary people through ecclesiastical legislation. Professor Sayers also explores Innocent's response to the rising challenge to orthodoxy - for, by the early thirteenth century, the idea of returning to the simplicity of the early Church, embracing poverty and dispensing with priests, swept over the Mediterranean lands, encouraging lay people to explore the possibilities of an alternative Christianity. Were these movements (Humiliati, Waldenses and Cathars
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780582083417
  • Publisher: Addison-Wesley
  • Publication date: 4/6/1995
  • Series: Medieval World Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 5.48 (w) x 8.49 (h) x 0.59 (d)

Table of Contents

Editor's Preface
List of Maps
List of Abbreviations
Introduction 1
The Pope's reputation and character 1
The sources for the history of the pontificate 7
Ch. 1 Pope and the Papacy 10
The forming of Innocent III's personality: influences and education 10
Election 23
Coronation 27
The City of Rome 29
The family 33
The Papal Curia 37
The College of Cardinals 39
Ch. 2 Politics, Power and Propaganda 49
Politics 49
Power: the Papal State, Rome and Sicily 65
Economic strength 71
Papal armies 77
Policy 80
The separate kingdoms 82
Propaganda, information and diplomacy 87
Ch. 3 Law and Society 94
Declaration and formation of the law 94
Councils: the Fourth Lateran Council 95
Decretals 101
Bologna: the Law School and productions 103
Clerks and laymen 110
Marriage 115
The Pope as judge: law courts 118
Ch. 4 Authority and Protest: The Christian Life 125
The crisis of the Church 125
Poverty 139
Preaching 141
The Waldenses and the Humiliati 143
The Friars 150
Heresy 153
The Cathars 155
The Albigensian Crusade 160
Ch. 5 The Papacy and the Wider World: The Frontiers of Christendom 164
Jerusalem, the Near East and the crusading idea 164
The Fourth Crusade 172
The Children's Crusade 176
The Spanish Reconquest 178
The Baltic Crusades 179
Sicily 182
England 184
The Greek Church 185
Final Assessment 189
Appendix: Chronology of Innocent III's Pontificate 198
General Bibliography 201
Maps 205
Index 214
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