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The invention of the papacy

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This thesis has two main aims. The first is to examine the intellectual development of the later ninth-century papacy in its Roman context, including its engagement with the outside world and the remarkable levels of ‘papal myth-making’ prevalent in later ninth-century Rome. It examines the careers of some of the key figures in this ‘myth-making’, namely Anastasius Bibliothecarius, John the Deacon, Gauderic of Velletri and Formosus, and investigates the linkages between this ‘myth- making’...

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Type of award:
DPhil
Level of award:
Doctoral
Awarding institution:
University of Oxford
Language:
English
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Deposit date:
2021-11-30

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