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The Republic of St. Peter: The Birth of the Papal State, 680-825 (The Middle Ages Series)

The Republic of St. Peter: The Birth of the Papal State, 680-825 (The Middle Ages Series)

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  • ISBN-13: 9780812212396
  • Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press
  • Release Date: Aug 01, 1986
  • Pages: 412 pages
  • Dimensions: 0.92 x 9.02 x 5.98 inches

Overview

The Republic of St. Peter seeks to reclaim for central Italy an important part of its own history. Noble's thesis is at once original and controversial: that the Republic, an independent political entity, was in existence by the 730s and was not a creation of the Franks in the 750s.

Noble examines the political, economic, and religious problems that impelled the central Italians—and a succession of resolute popes—to seek emancipation from the Byzantine Empire. He delineates the social structures and historical traditions that produced a distinctive political society, describes the complete governmental apparatus of the Republic, and provides a comprehensive assessment of the Franco-papal alliance.


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