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In this work, Vincent outlines the history of the papacy’s rise to absolute power in the Early Middle Ages. He begins with a brief introduction to the circumstances leading up to the election of Hildebrand of Sovana as Pope in 1073, who was canonized as Gregory VII. Gregory VII fought for the authority of the Church to elect its own officials, instead of the state. Vincent traces the influence of Gregory VII and his ideologies through 1303, with the death of Pope Boniface VIII. This volume includes a preface, detailed table of contents, bibliography, and is written in an engaging style.


This title is also included as a part of the following collection

  1. Marvin Vincent Collection (7 vols.)