By Marios Costambeys
Based round the starting of the 8th century within the Sabine hills north of Rome, the abbey of Farfa used to be for hundreds of years a barometer of social and political switch in principal Italy. Conventionally, the region's historical past within the early heart a while revolves round the upward thrust of the papacy as a mundane political energy. yet Farfa's avoidance of domination by means of the pope all through its early medieval background, regardless of one pope's involvement in its early institution, finds that papal aggrandizement had strict limits. different events - neighborhood elites, in addition to Lombard after which Carolingian rulers - have been usually extra very important in structuring strength within the quarter. Many have been additionally consumers of Farfa, and this ebook unearths how a huge ecclesiastical establishment operated in early medieval politics, as a conduit for others' pursuits, and a participant in its personal correct.
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