Church Reform and Social Change in Eleventh-Century Italy
Dominic of Sora and His Patrons
Awarded the 1998 John Gilmary Shea Prize of the American Catholic Historical Association
"This study is sensible, elegant, and . . . combines scholarly precision with a general introduction to the period, place, and issues."—History
At the dawn of the second millennium, new churches and castles sprang up throughout Western Europe. In central Italy, St. Dominic of Sora (d. 1032) and his patrons played a key role in this process. John Howe mines the surprisingly rich but heretofore neglected sources that reveal their story, offering an absorbing case study of an ecclesiastical reform that was earlier—if less literate and less centralized—than the Gregorian Reform that would soon follow.