The Merovingians and the Papacy

J. M. Wallace‐Hadrill

in The Frankish Church

Published in print December 1983 | ISBN: 9780198269069
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191600777 | DOI:

Series: Oxford History of the Christian Church

 The Merovingians and the Papacy

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The relationship between the Merovingian Frankish Church and the papacy is examined from the time of the first Frankish settlers. It is found to have carried on in a similar manner to that between the Gallo–Roman Church and the papacy — spasmodic contact, although there was communion, affection, mutual respect and recognition of papal authority. Aspects discussed include patrimony (as exemplified by the Provençal patrimony) and the liturgical usages of northern Gaul (including the sacramentary, and the practical guides to liturgical performance — the Ordines Romani).

Keywords: Frankish Church; Gaul; history; liturgical performance; liturgy; Merovingian period; Ordines Romani; papacy; papal authority; patrimony; religious history; sacramentary

Chapter.  6004 words. 

Subjects: History of Christianity

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