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Eugenius III, the Cistercian Pope 1145-1153 (Hardcover)

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Bernardo Paganelli (c.1080s-1153) was one of the most surprising of medieval popes. A native of Pisa, he was a canon of the cathedral chapter and vicedominus of his archdiocese before entering Clairvaux as a monk in 1138, and becoming abbot of Tre Fontane, near Rome, in 1140. He was elected to the papal throne in 1145 as a relative unknown at a time of crisis, and spent much of his pontificate away from Rome. As the first Cistercian monk to become pope, his relationship with his former abbot Bernard of Clairvaux has often been seen as the hallmark of his pontificate, and Bernard’s preaching of the Second Crusade has overshadowed Eugenius’ role in its design and execution. Yet his years as pope saw important developments in the relationship between the papal office and royal authority, in the role of the papacy as a judicial office, and in papal crusading theory. This collection of 13 studies considers the many facets of Eugenius as pope, exploring his oversight of judicial practice; theological developments in his pontificate; his treatment of Cistercian monasteries; his relationships with crown and Church in France and Spain, and with Rome and the Romans; and his crusading policy in both the Baltic and the Mediterranean. These essays offer a new view not only of an under-appreciated pope but of the institution he headed and of its place in a rapidly changing European society.

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