The pontificate of Incent II (1130-1143) has long been recognized as a watershed in the history of the papacy, marking the transition from the age of reform to the so-called papal monarchy, when an earlier generation of idealistic reformers gave way to hard-headed pragmatists intent on securing worldly power for the Church. Whilst such a conception may be a cliche its effect has been to concentrate scholarship more on the schism of 1130 and its effects than on Incent II himself. This volume puts Incent at the centre, bringing together the authorities in the field to give an overarching view of his pontificate, which was very important in terms of the internationalization of the papacy, the internal development of the Roman Curia, the integrity of the papal state and the governance of the local church, as well as vital to the development of the Kingdom of Sicily and the Empire.
John Doran was Senior Lecturer in Medieval History at University of Chester, UK. Damian J. Smith is Associate Professor of Medieval History at Saint Louis University, Missouri, USA.
Dr. Damian J. Smith, John Doran
Taylor & Francis Ltd
Date of Publication
Christian History & Denominations
Country of Publication
Ashgate Publishing Limited
15 black & white illustrations
Series Edited by
Dr. Brenda Bolton,Professor Anne J. Duggan,Dr. Damian J. Smith