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The Mortgage of the PastReshaping the Ancient Political Inheritance (1050-1300)$
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Francis Oakley

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780300176339

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300176339.001.0001

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The Christian Commonwealth (ii)

The Christian Commonwealth (ii)


(p.185) 8. The Christian Commonwealth (ii)
The Mortgage of the Past

Francis Oakley

Yale University Press

This chapter begins by presenting an account by William Hundleby written by a nonpartisan eyewitness less than three weeks after the event at Anagni. Although the account is dramatic and striking in nature, contemporaries did not place much significance on the event. According to Robert Fawtier, the reason for this may well be that contemporaries did not view it as the outrageous, French-engineered attack on the pope that it has so often been taken to be. Instead, it may have been understood as a “procedurally correct” attempt to deliver to the pope a formal summons to appear at the general council that the French parlement had convoked in order to submit him to judgment. The attempt went awry since it coincided with an anti-papal uprising on the part of the populace of Anagni.

Keywords:   pope, William Hundleby, Anagni, Robert Fawtier, French-engineered attack, procedurally correct attempt, French parlement, anti-papal uprising

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