Title : The Republic of St. Peter: The Birth of the Papal State, 680-825 (Middle Ages Series)
Format : Paperback
Pages : 412 pages
Publisher : Thomas F.X. Noble
Language : English
ISBN : 9780812212396

The Republic of St Peter seeks to reclaim for central Italy an important part of its own history Noble's thesis is at once original and controversial that the Republic an independent political entity was in existence by the 730s and was not a creation of the Franks in the 750sNoble examines the political economic and religious problems that impelled the central Italians and a succession of resolute popes to seek emancipation from the Byzantine Empire He delineates the social structures and historical traditions that produced a distinctive political society describes the complete governmental apparatus of the Republic and provides a comprehensive assessment of the Franco papal alliance