Power and Patronage in Early Medieval Italy: Local Society, Italian Politics and the Abbey of Farfa, c.700-900

Power and Patronage in Early Medieval Italy: Local Society, Italian Politics and the Abbey of Farfa, c.700-900

by Marios Costambeys
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521178304

ISBN-13: 9780521178303

Pub. Date: 03/03/2011

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Founded around the beginning of the eighth century in the Sabine hills north of Rome, the abbey of Farfa was for centuries a barometer of social and political change in central Italy. Conventionally, the region's history in the early Middle Ages revolves around the rise of the papacy as a secular political power. But Farfa's avoidance of domination by the pope

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Overview

Founded around the beginning of the eighth century in the Sabine hills north of Rome, the abbey of Farfa was for centuries a barometer of social and political change in central Italy. Conventionally, the region's history in the early Middle Ages revolves around the rise of the papacy as a secular political power. But Farfa's avoidance of domination by the pope throughout its early medieval history, despite one pope's involvement in its early establishment, reveals that papal aggrandizement had strict limits. Other parties - local elites, as well as Lombard and then Carolingian rulers - were often more important in structuring power in the region. Many were also patrons of Farfa, and this book reveals how a major ecclesiastical institution operated in early medieval politics, as a conduit for others' interests, and a player in its own right.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521178303
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
03/03/2011
Series:
Cambridge Studies in Medieval Life and Thought: Fourth Series, #70
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
410
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.91(d)

Table of Contents

1. Introduction; 2. Patronage and Lombard rulers; 3. Authority, rulership and the abbey; 4. The Farfa monks and abbots: identities and affiliations; 5. Sabine lands and landowners; 6. Elite families in the Sabina; 7. Farfa and Italian politics in the Lombard era; 8. Farfa, Italian politics and the Carolingians.

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