Church and State in the Middle Ages: The Ford Lectures Delivered at Oxford in 1905

Church and State in the Middle Ages: The Ford Lectures Delivered at Oxford in 1905

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Church and State in the Middle Ages: The Ford Lectures Delivered at Oxford in 1905

Church and State in the Middle Ages: The Ford Lectures Delivered at Oxford in 1905

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LECTURE I

PAPAL INFLUENCES IN THE ENGLISH CHURCH OF THE EARLIER THIRTEENTH CENTURY

DURING the last fifty or sixty years the study of history has been passing through a change which amounts to a revolution. Its sources are now not so much the contemporary chronicles as the contemporary documents. Vast masses of these have been collected, critically sifted, and calendared. Take the greatest institution in history, the Papacy -- take it at the most creative and decisive period in the modern world, the first half of the thirteenth century. There are now available for the study of this institution during that time the Registers of the Empire and the Registers of the Papacy itself. The former comprise 14,800 documents; the latter more than 8,000 for the one pontificate of Innocent IV, a period of eleven and a half years.

New sources for history of the Papacy.

No one except a person shielded from the painful impact of new ideas by proof armour of sectarian prejudice could rise from even a cursory study of these records without feeling two powerful, if contrasted, impressions. On the one hand, he must be profoundly stirred to admiration of the machinery and organization of the Papacy; its . . .

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