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Pope Alexander III (1159-81)


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Contents: Preface; Introduction, Peter D. Clarke; Alexander ille meus: the papacy of Alexander III, Anne J. Duggan; 'At last we reached the port of salvation': the Roman context of the schism of 1159, John Doran; The empire and the schism, Jochen Johrendt; 'A city to be built for the glory of God, St Peter and then whole of Lombardy': Alexander III, Alessandria, and the Lombard League in contemporary sources, Edward Coleman; The absentee lord? Alexander III and the patrimony, Brenda Bolton; Alexander III and France: exile, diplomacy and the new order, Myriam Soria; Alexander III and Spain, Damian J. Smith; The curious case of Becket's pallium: Guernes de Pont-Ste-Maxence and the court of Alexander III, Katherine Christensen; Beyond Becket: King Henry II and the papacy (1154a "1189), Nicholas Vincent; Alexander III and Byzantium, Jonathan Harris and Dmitri Tolstoy; Alexander III and Venice, Thomas F. Madden; Alexander III and the crusades, Iben Fonnesberg-Schmidt; The master of the decretals: a reassessment of Alexander III's contribution to canon law, Anne J. Duggan; Index.

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Peter D. Clarke is Reader in Medieval History, University of Southampton, UK; Anne J. Duggan is Emeritus Professor of Medieval History at King's College London, UK. Peter D. Clarke, Anne J. Duggan, John Doran, Jochen Johrendt, Edward Coleman, Brenda Bolton, Myriam Soria, Damian J. Smith, Katherine Christensen, Nicholas Vincent, Jonathan Harris, Dmitri Tolstoy, Thomas F. Madden, Iben Fonnesberg-Schmidt, Anne J. Duggan.


'This book is a must have for anyone interested in Alexander III, as it is the only comprehensive scholarly account of his pontificate. It will also prove useful for those interested in medieval relations between European rulers and the papacy, the development of Church law, and any of the volume's many topics. Each essay is well-written, and all of them bring new or neglected information to the scholarly discussion, updating the status of modern scholarship in Alexander III.' Catholic Books Review 'A fair assessment of the lengthy pontificate of Alexander III [1159-1181] has proved elusive. This volume attempts, and succeeds in, a fresh investigation of what have been the traditional areas of inquiry...' The Historian '... an outstanding collection that will serve as a starting point for Anglophone study of a crucial pontificate for a long time.' Medieval Review 'Anne Duggan's two papers deserve to be singled out. She gives an excellent overall assessment of Alexander's pontificate and also a detailed treatment of his decretals with special reference to a re-evaluation of his treatment of marriage. The range of the other papers is wide indeed, covering the papal schism ... the empire ... Alessandria and the Lombard League ... the papal patrimony ... France ... Spain ... Becket's pallium ... Henry II ... Byzantium ... Venice ... and the Crusades. All these papers merit close study.' Journal of Ecclesiastical History '... this study provides a plethora of rich material of the experiences of single people from a wide variety of walks of life, providing interesting insights into home-making, and the ownership of particular goods and how they were used in identity creation. The single homemaker provides a useful contribution to the history of singleness and to our understanding of the uses of material goods in the processes of homemaking.' Economic History Review 'As a miscellanea the book is to be welcomed...' Speculum 'The book is clearly presented and contains a full index. There are also a number of valuable appendices. For example, Nicholas Vincent's highly significant article, 'Beyond Becket', provides a very useful list of surviving papal letters addressed to Henry II. The Church, Faith and Culture series has already supplied us with ground-breaking studies of Adrian IV and Celestine III. Now we have an up-to-date and comprehensive volume on the most important twelfth-century pope of them all. That has to be good news.' English Historical Review

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