Lordship, Reform, and the Development of Civil Society in Medieval Italy: The Bishopric of Orvieto, 1100-1250

Lordship, Reform, and the Development of Civil Society in Medieval Italy: The Bishopric of Orvieto, 1100-1250

by David Foote
     
 

ISBN-10: 0268028729

ISBN-13: 9780268028725

Pub. Date: 10/01/2004

Publisher: University of Notre Dame Press

The bishoprics that emerged in the town of Orvieto in Umbria in the 12th century became an important institution for accessing and reforming political and ecclesiastical power. David Foote argues that all too often secular affairs have been put before ecclesiastical matters in discussions of the development of civil society in Italy in the early medieval period. Here,…  See more details below

Overview

The bishoprics that emerged in the town of Orvieto in Umbria in the 12th century became an important institution for accessing and reforming political and ecclesiastical power. David Foote argues that all too often secular affairs have been put before ecclesiastical matters in discussions of the development of civil society in Italy in the early medieval period. Here, he places emphasis on the important role of religious institutions in regulating the intense competition and co-operation between lords and the Church during the 12th and 13th centuries. Based on Registers of Episcopal records, Foote highlights the 'unique position of the bishopric as a field where a variety of political and religious interests competed', which turned out to be fundamental in the formation of a civil society in Italy.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780268028725
Publisher:
University of Notre Dame Press
Publication date:
10/01/2004
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
5.48(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.84(d)

Table of Contents

Ch. 1Carolingian beginnings13
Ch. 2Building an earthly city : the bishopric and Orvietan territorial expansion35
Ch. 3The connectedness of things : Episcopal reform and state building61
Ch. 4The untenability of Episcopal lordship : bishopric and commune in the late twelfth century81
Ch. 5Looking at new things in an old way : Pietro Parenzo and the crisis of Episcopal authority105
Ch. 6Looking at old things in a new way : the making of an Episcopal register125
Ch. 7How the past becomes a rumor : the notarialization of historical consciousness145
Ch. 8The convergence of ecclesiastical reform and communal culture161
The authorship of the Passio193

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