The Roman Church and the Empire in the Twelfth Century

Colin Morris

in The Papal Monarchy

Published in print July 1991 | ISBN: 9780198269250
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191600708 | DOI:

Series: Oxford History of the Christian Church

 The Roman Church and the Empire in the Twelfth Century

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Worms made possible a period of relative harmony, but the design of the Hohenstaufen, Frederick Barbarossa to restore the dignity of the so‐called Roman Empire (sacrum imperium) led to renewed conflict and schism, in which the question of imperial rights in Italy was of fundamental importance. From 1194 onwards, the union of Sicily and the emperor under the Henry VI created intense political pressure on the papacy.

Keywords: Frederick Barbarossa; Hohenstaufen; Hadrian IV; Roman Empire; sacrum imperium

Chapter.  9809 words. 

Subjects: History of Christianity

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