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The Latin Church in Norman Italy

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  • Date Published: February 2011
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  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521181488

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  • First published in 2007, this was the first significant study of the incorporation of the Church in southern Italy into the mainstream of Latin Christianity during the eleventh and twelfth centuries. Professor G. A. Loud examines the relationship between Norman rulers, south Italian churchmen and the external influence of the new 'papal monarchy'. He discusses the impact of the creation of the new kingdom of Sicily in 1130; the tensions that arose from the papal schism of that era; and the religious policy and patronage of the new monarchs. He also explores the internal structures of the Church, both secular and monastic, and the extent and process of Latinisation within the Graecophone areas of the mainland and on the island of Sicily, where at the time of the Norman conquest the majority of the population was Muslim. This is a major contribution to the political, religious and cultural history of the Central Middle Ages.

    • Was the first detailed study in any language of the Latin Church in southern Italy in the Norman era
    • Explores the process of Latinisation of a Greek-speaking region of the mainland and the largely Muslim population of the island of Sicily
    • A major contribution to the history of the Normans in Italy and to the political, religious and cultural history of the Central Middle Ages more generally
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "This now indispensable study in English is replete with maps, appendixes, and an extensive bibliography. Highly recommended." -Choice

    "The sheer density of Loud's documentation is stunning." -John Phillip Lomax, Speculum

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    • Date Published: February 2011
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521181488
    • length: 596 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 34 mm
    • weight: 0.86kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction
    1. The Church in southern Italy before the Normans
    2. The Church and the Norman conquest
    3. The papacy and the rulers of southern Italy
    4. The papacy and the Church in southern Italy
    5. The Kings of Sicily and the Church
    6. The Church and military obligation
    7. The secular Church
    8. Monasticism
    9. Latins, Greeks and non-Christians
    Conclusion.

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    G. A. Loud, University of Leeds

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