The papacy of Honorius II (1124-1130) has often been overlooked by historians, usually considered uneventful, transitional and colourless. This book offers a complete reappraisal, drawing on a detailed examination of the surviving letters produced by the papal chancery to show that conversely, it was a vital and innovative pontificate. It argues that during what was a stabilising period for the papacy in an era of peace, Honorius and the chancery were able to enact the instruments and ecclesiological claims dictated by external threats and produced during previous papacies. In particular, it shows that by adapting the content and form of the letters it issued, Honorius’s chancery, led by the official Haimeric, played a decisive role in extending the ecclesiological thinking of the papacy. Furthermore, these years paved the way for ideas which were further developed later in the twelfth century, especially the arguments created by the warring parties in the Schism of 1130 to legitimise their respective popes.
This study thus presents a different view of Honorius’ administration, highlighting the strategies to which the papacy turned in order both to govern ecclesiastical institutions and to deal with secular matters, when previous protocols and routines could no longer be relied upon.
Enrico Veneziani is a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellow at Centro de Estudos de História Religiosa, Universidade Católica Portuguesa – Lisbon. He received his PhD from University of St Andrews and his postgraduate and undergraduate degrees from Alma Mater Studiorum – Università di Bologna. He was a research fellow at Istituto Storico italiano per il Medio Evo and NEH Research Fellow at St. Louis University (MO) before coming to Lisbon in 2021
Informations pratiques :
Enrico Veneziani, The Papacy and Ecclesiology of Honorius II (1124-1130). Church Governance after the Concordat of Worms, Woodbrige, Boydell and Brewer, 2023 ; 1 vol., 288 p. (Studies in the History of Medieval Religion, 123). ISBN : 978-1-83765-040-8. Prix : GBP 75,00.
Source : Boydell and Brewer
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