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Byzantine Religious Law in Medieval Italy

James Morton


This book is a historical study of these manuscripts, exploring how and why the Greek Christians of medieval southern Italy persisted in using them so long after the end of Byzantine rule. Southern Italy was conquered by the Norman Hauteville dynasty in the late eleventh century after over 500 years of continuous Byzantine rule. At a stroke, the region’s Greek Christian inhabitants were cut off from their Orthodox compatriots in Byzantium and became subject to the spiritual and legal jurisdiction of the Roman Catholic popes. Nonetheless, they continued to follow the religious laws of the Byzan ... More

Keywords: Italy, Byzantine Empire, Normans, papacy, law, religion, manuscripts, culture, church, monasteries

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9780198861140
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2021 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198861140.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

James Morton, author
Assistant Professor, Department of History, The Chinese University of Hong Kong