A sacred city: Consecrating churches and reforming society in eleventh-century Italy

A sacred city: Consecrating churches and reforming society in eleventh-century Italy

by Louis I. Hamilton

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A sacred city: Consecrating churches and reforming society in eleventh-century Italy by Louis I. Hamilton

The so-called Investiture Conflict was a watershed moment in the political life of the Latin West and the history of the papacy. Occurring at a time of rapid social change and political expansion, the eleventh-century reform movement became a debate centered on a ritual: the investment of bishops with the signs of their sacred and secular authority. The consecration of bishops, however, was only one of several contemporaneous conflicts over the significance of consecrations. Less well known is that which occurred over the dedication of churches. This book provides an examination of the consecration, placing the fundamental questions of the Gregorian Reform and Investiture Conflict back into their original liturgical framework. This context allows us to consider the symbolic richness of the liturgy that attracted large numbers of people.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780719080265
Publisher: Manchester University Press
Publication date: 07/01/2010
Series: Manchester Medieval Studies MUP Series
Pages: 272
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.60(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Louis I. Hamilton is Assistant Professor in the Department of Religious Studies at Drew University

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements

Abbreviations

Introduction: a sacred city

1. The liturgies for the dedication of a new church

2. "Turba concurrit": attending the ritual and its meanings

3. Peter Damian from mystical to political allegory

4. Anselm of Lucca, Urban II and the invention of orthodox dedication

5. Bruno of Segni and Paschal II: from coordination to conflict

Conclusion: liturgy and history

Appendix A: Italian dedications with named participants

Appendix B: papal dedications (1009-1143)

Bibliography

Index

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