The Republic of St. Peter

The Republic of St. Peter

The Birth of the Papal State, 680-825

The Middle Ages Series

by Thomas F. X. Noble

Published by: University of Pennsylvania Press, Inc.

412 pages, 152.00 x 229.00 x 0.00 mm, 5 illus.

  • ISBN: 9780812212396
  • Published: August 1986

£19.99

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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.