Adrian IV The English Pope (1154–1159): Studies and Texts by Brenda Bolton,Anne J. Duggan

By Brenda Bolton,Anne J. Duggan

The 12 months 2000 witnessed the 900th anniversary of the delivery of Adrian IV, the single Englishman to sit down at the papal throne. His brief hold forth of 4 and a part years, distracted by way of hindrance and controversy and because it was once via an 18-year schism, can be judged a low aspect within the heritage of the papacy. The experiences during this publication problem the view that Adrian used to be little greater than a cipher, the software of strong factions within the Curia. this can be the 1st large-scale paintings on Adrian in view that 1925, and is supported via a considerable appendix of suitable resources and records in dealing with translation. kin with the Empire, the Norman country and the Patrimony are all extensively reassessed and the authenticity of 'Laudabiliter' reconsidered. whilst, the non secular, academic and devotional contexts during which he used to be working are absolutely assessed; his actions in Catalonia and his legatine challenge to Scandinavia are tested within the gentle of modern learn, and his targeted dating with St Albans is explored via his privileges to this nice abbey. those reviews via major students within the box, including the introductory bankruptcy by means of Christopher Brooke, display an energetic and engaged pope, reacting creatively to the demanding situations and crises of the Church and the world.

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