Pope Alexander III (1159–81): The Art of Survival (Church, by Anne J. Duggan,Peter D. Clarke

By Anne J. Duggan,Peter D. Clarke

Alexander III was once probably the most vital popes of the center a long time and his papacy (1159-81) marked an important watershed within the background of the Western Church and society. This ebook offers an extended late reassessment of his papacy and his achievements, bringing jointly 13 essays which overview present scholarship and current the most recent examine and new views. person chapters hide themes reminiscent of Alexander's many contributions to the legislations of the Church, which had a huge influence upon Western society, particularly on marriage, his kinfolk with Byzantium, and the extension of papal authority on the peripheries of the West, in Spain, Northern Europe and the Holy Land. yet dominant are the key clashes among secular and non secular authority: the war of words among Henry II of britain and Thomas Becket and then Alexander finally secured the king's co-operation and the pope's eighteen-year clash with the German emperor, Frederick I. either the papacy and the Western Church emerged as improved associations from this fight, mostly due to Alexander's management and resilience: he actually mastered the paintings of survival.

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