A Sacred City

    A Sacred City

    Consecrating Churches and Reforming Society in Eleventh-Century Italy

    Louis I Hamilton

    Manchester University Press 2010

    Hardback 284pp

    9780719080265   Product Code: 20778

    In the Latin West the 11th century was a time of rapid social change, political expansion and violent conflict between secular and religious powers over the control of sacred space, epitomized by the so-called Investiture Conflict. By analysing the consecrations of churches and attempts to direct the large crowds which such occasions attracted, Hamilton identifies the significance of religious rites as metaphor for reform, and highlights the complex relationship between the political, social and religious in Italian cities.

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