The Processes of Politics and the Rule of Law: Studies on the Iberian Kingdoms and Papal Rome in the Middle Ages, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

The Processes of Politics and the Rule of Law

Studies on the Iberian Kingdoms and Papal Rome in the Middle Ages, 1st Edition

By Peter Linehan


346 pages

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pub: 2002-07-19
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This third volume of essays by Peter Linehan deals with matters of perennial interest to all historians of medieval Church and State, and in particular to students of the history of medieval Spain and Portugal and of the papacy in the 12th and 13th centuries. Amongst those discussed and explored are the question of feudalism in the 11th and 12th century, the rise and fall of a royal capital, the city of León, the ritual of king-making, focusing on Castile and Portugal, the interplay of royal influence and papal authority, and the impact of the mendicant orders. A previously unpublished study provides a cautionary tale of a particular bishop in politics. Four essays are devoted to the investigation of individuals and issues central to the history of late 13th-century papal Rome, while two look at medieval and modern historiography.


'… each article demonstrates that the critical mind can be exercised with humour without diminishing the serious argument of the historian.' Revue d'Histoire Ecclésiastique 'This is a good read… this highly thought-provoking and intelligent collection of articles which would be otherwise hard to find will be of lasting value.' Bulletin of Hispanic Studies

Table of Contents

Contents: The Church and feudalism in the Spanish kingdoms in the 11th and 12th centuries; León, ciudad regia, y sus obispos en los siglos X-XIII; Royal influence and papal authority in the diocese of Osma: a note on ’Quia requisistis’; A tale of two cities: capitular Burgos and mendicant Burgos in the 13th century; The economics of episcopal politics: the cautionary tale of Bishop Suero Pérez of Zamora; Utrum reges Portugalie coronabantur annon; Alfonso XI of Castile and the arm of Santiago (with a note on the Pope’s foot); A papal constitution in the making: ’Fundamenta militantis ecclesie’ (18 July 1278); The will of Synibaldus de Labro; ’Gar.’: a case of mistaken identity; Animadverto: a recently discovered consilium concerning the sanctity of King Louis IX (with F. J. Hernández); On further thought: Lucas of Tuy, Rodrigo of Toledo and the Alfonsine Histories; The court historiographer of Francoism?: La leyenda oscura of Ramón Menéndez Pidal; Index.

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Variorum Collected Studies

The first title in the Variorum Collected Studies series was published in 1970. Since then well over 1000 titles have appeared in the series, and it has established a well-earned international reputation for the publication of key research across a whole range of subjects within the fields of history.

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