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Pope Urban II's Council of Piacenza

Robert Somerville


The Council of Piacenza is among the most important papal synods of the Reform that was sweeping through the Western Church at the end of the eleventh century. Piacenza may receive a line or two in textbooks of medieval history due to a connection with the First Crusade, but if the assembly was a Crusade launching pad - and the matter is obscure - this is a footnote to its true significance. The council marked a turning point in the papal schism between Popes Gregory VII/Urban II and the so-called anti-pope Clement III, who was created and sustained by Emperor Henry IV. Urban’s earlier synods ... More

Keywords: Pope Urban II, council/synod, pope, canons/decrees, canon law, law, manuscrips, reform, papacy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780199258598
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199258598.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Robert Somerville, author
Tremaine Professor of Religion, and Professor of History, Columbia University