By John C. Moore

This ebook is a biography of Pope blameless III. heading off the numerous scholarly controversies about the pope, it bargains a concise and balanced portrait of the guy and his hold forth. Its chronological organization-unusual in biographies of Innocent-enables the reader to work out how the pope used to be often facing many alternative topics even as, and that the occasions in a single element of his lifestyles may possibly impact his perspectives of different subject matters. This constitution, including the thorough documentation, supplies new insights even for students well-versed in his preach. Written in transparent, jargon-free English, the booklet additionally provides the scholars and basic reader a very good experience of this pope and of the medieval papacy.

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The prelate should therefore follow the example of Moses, who ascended the mountain to “philosophize” with God, and then descended to the camp to 52 Eccles. 7:30; SAM, PL 217:869; MHC, trans. Howard, p. 15. SAM, PL 217:903. 54 QSN, PL 217:953. 55 SAM, PL 217:814–815, 849, 858, 908–909. 56 SAM, PL 217:911. 57 Caroline Walker Bynum, Jesus as Mother (Berkeley, 1982), pp. 68–81. 58 John C. ” The Catholic Historical Review, 67 (1981): 533–564. 59 Smalley, Study of the Bible, pp. 249–250. 62 In another work written as cardinal, The Misery of the Human Condition, Lotario reviewed with impressive (and depressing) thoroughness the miserable conditions that accompany all humans as they pass through this world.

Even in England, where the common law was developing principles different from either Roman or canon law, clerics from the schools played a major role in legal development, bringing to it their preference for reason over custom and their respect for the power of the written document. For any young cleric 26 Baldwin, Masters, 1:88–107. For a description of Lotario’s movements during these years, see John C. Moore, “Lotario dei Conti di Segni (Pope Innocent III) in the 1180s,” Archivum Historiae Pontificiae 29 (1991): 255–258.

He contrasted the behavior of tyrants, who are terrible, cruel, false, impatient, unfair, with that of the bridegroom, who is no tyrant but a prince ( princeps). This king is praised for the truth of the doctrine he preaches, the gentleness of the patience he exhibits, and the justice he implements in his life. ”66 Here is Lotario’s standard for what a ruler should be, whether he be ecclesiastical or secular. 68 The third work written as cardinal, The Sacred Mystery of the Altar, also gives us some idea of how he thought the world should be governed, but it is the most problematic of these three works.

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