The Republic of St. Peter

9780812212396: Paperback
Release Date: 1st August 1986

5 illus.

Dimensions: 152 x 229

Number of Pages: 412

Series The Middle Ages Series

University of Pennsylvania Press, Inc.

The Republic of St. Peter

The Birth of the Papal State, 680-825

Paperback / £19.99

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.

"The definitive work on the original early development of the papal state. . . . [The] best study of early medieval Italy to appear in a long time."—Catholic Historical Review