Power and Patronage in Early Medieval Italy
Local Society, Italian Politics and the Abbey of Farfa, C.700 900
By (author) Marios Costambeys
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Power and Patronage in Early Medieval Italy by Marios Costambeys
Book DescriptionFounded around the beginning of the eighth century in the Sabine hills north of Rome, the abbey of Farfa was for centuries a barometer of social and political change in central Italy. Conventionally, the region's history in the early Middle Ages revolves around the rise of the papacy as a secular political power. But Farfa's avoidance of domination by the pope throughout its early medieval history, despite one pope's involvement in its early establishment, reveals that papal aggrandizement had strict limits. Other parties - local elites, as well as Lombard and then Carolingian rulers - were often more important in structuring power in the region. Many were also patrons of Farfa, and this book reveals how a major ecclesiastical institution operated in early medieval politics, as a conduit for others' interests, and a player in its own right.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521870375
(228mm x 152mm x 27mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 13-Dec-2007
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Marios Costambeys
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This revealing study explores how people at all social levels, whether laity or clergy, needed, used and kept documents.
Carolingian World, Paperback (May 2011)
A comprehensive and accessible survey of the great Carolingian empire, which dominated western Europe in the eighth and ninth centuries.
Power and Patronage in Early Medieval Italy, Paperback (March 2011)
Discusses the nature of political power in early medieval Italy.
Medieval World, Paperback (December 2002)» View all books by Marios Costambeys
The most ambitious one-volume of the Medieval world ever attempted, this survey conveys the liveliness of current approaches to the field, and is an indispensable companion to anyone studying medieval history.
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Author Biography - Marios Costambeys
MARIOS COSTAMBEYS is Lecturer in History in the School of History at the University of Liverpool.
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