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The Papal Monarchy: The Western Church from 1050 to 1250

Colin Morris


Papal monarchy is a paradox, not a fact. Christianity has always drawn a firm line between church and state; yet the language of papal monarchy is inescapable in the high Middle Ages. It was also a time of fierce rivalry between the authority of kings and of popes and bishops. This book studies the way in which papal initiatives shaped the growth of church and society between 1050 and 1250, and the other elements which were shaping medieval ideas. The period was one that saw an increasingly international culture: religious orders such as Cluny, the Cistercians, Franciscans, and Dominicans spre ... More

Keywords: bible, bishops, canon law, Christendom, church and state, crusades, England, France, Germany, gospels, Italy, papal monarchy, religious orders, rules, Sicily, theology

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1991 Print ISBN-13: 9780198269250
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003 DOI:10.1093/0198269250.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Colin Morris, author
University of Southampton

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