Thomas F. X. Noble
Title: The Republic of St. Peter: The Birth of the Papal State, 680-825 (Middle Ages Series)
Binding: Paper Back
Book Condition: New
Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press June 1984
0812212398 / 9780812212396
Seller ID: 105703
"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.