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Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Number of Pages: 368
Width: 15.2 cm
Height: 22.9 cm
Clement V, the first 'Avignon' pope, led the Church during nine critical years, 1305-14. Elected two years after the outrage committed upon Boniface VIII at Anagni, Clement saw as his main goal the restoration of harmonious relations with the leading monarchs of Christendom. In achieving his aim, he paved the way for the Church in the modern period. This 1998 book provides a complete analysis of Clement's pontificate from the two complementary viewpoints offered by diplomatic documentation and by narrative sources. Their point of convergence validates a re-evaluation of the Avignon 'Babylonian captivity' of the papacy. As a result, Clement's pontificate no longer appears as a shameful surrender to Capetian interests. Rather, it demonstrates a consistent scale of priorities, among which the recovery of the Holy Land was accorded pre-eminence.
"This study, based on extensive research into primary sorces, re-evaluates the reign of Bernard de Got...who became Pope Clement V in 1305." Theology Digest "...this is a book that carries weight, and its extensive bibliography and detailed referencing will be a boon for future scholars." The Catholic Historical Review