The Fall of the Papal Monarchy and the Rise of Territorial Power

Tomaž Mastnak

in Crusading Peace

Published by University of California Press

Published in print February 2002 | ISBN: 9780520226357
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520925991 | DOI:
The Fall of the Papal Monarchy and the Rise of Territorial Power

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This chapter explains how Papal monarchy sank with its banners flying high. The bull was a clear statement of Papal Monarchism, which described the church as the only monarchial structure, and also that only one shepherd and one sheepfold and one head of the one church held supreme power in the world. Boniface was resolute when he proclaimed that there was no one on earth who could judge the pope. The power given to the apostle Peter, whose successors were the popes, was divine. Those opposing the papal doctrine of power were accused of heresy. The bull was a declaration of fundamental principles regarding what the papal monarchists considered right. The representation of war in defense of the realm as religious war was facilitated by identification of the realm with patria. The Christian corpus mysticum took new shape in the French fatherland, and the sacred soil of France was assimilated to the Holy Land.

Keywords: Papal monarchy; bull; Boniface; French fatherland; Holy Land; territorial power

Chapter.  21600 words. 

Subjects: East Asian Religions

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