The Republic of St. Peter
The Birth of the Papal State, 680-825
Thomas F. X. Noble
412 pages | 6 x 9 | 5 illus.
Paper 1986 | ISBN 978-0-8122-1239-6 | $24.95s | £16.50 | Add to cart
Ebook 2011 | ISBN 978-0-8122-0091-1 | $24.95s | £16.50 | About | Add to cart
A volume in the Middle Ages Series
"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
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.