A Short History of the Papacy in the Middle Ages

By Walter Ullmann | Go to book overview

Preface to the reprint

THE REPRINTING of this book gives me a welcome opportunity to bring the literature on certain topics up to date. In order to avoid the expense incurred by resetting all the Bibliographical Notes I have adopted a device which has proved useful on other occasions: I have put asterisks (*) in the margin of the relevant note to indicate to the interested reader that there is further bibliographical material in the Appendix.

This book is an attempt to portray within manageable terms the history of the medieval papacy by combining a straightforward historical account with the intellectual, constitutional, legal and administrative developments. Originally I embarked upon this novel attempt with great trepidation, but have been gratified and encouraged by the reception of the book in scholarly circles and in the student population. No changes in substance are called for, but I have taken the opportunity of eliminating a few misprints and of correcting a few minor matters. May this book continue to serve the purpose for which it was originally designed, that is, to introduce the serious student to the historical development of one of the central and most fascinating institutions of medieval Europe.

Cambridge,

29 July 1973 W.U.

-vi-

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A Short History of the Papacy in the Middle Ages
Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Preface to the Reprint vi
  • Preface vii
  • Introduction x
  • 1 - The Papacy in the Late Roman Empire 4
  • 2 - The Papal Conflict with the Imperial Government 28
  • 3 - The Papacy and the Conversion of England 51
  • 4 - The Western Orientation of the Papacy 71
  • 5 - The Papacy and Latin Europe 91
  • 6 - The German Monarchy and the Papacy 116
  • 7 - The Gregorian Age 142
  • 8 - Tensions and Conflicts 173
  • 9 - The Zenith of the Medieval Papacy 201
  • 10 - Central Government and the Papal Curia 227
  • 11 - Gradual Decline of Papal Authority 251
  • 12 - Avignon, Rome and Constance 279
  • 13 - The Last Phase of the Medieval Papacy 306
  • Abbreviations 333
  • Bibliographical Notes 337
  • Appendix 367
  • List of Medieval Popes 372
  • Index 377
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