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The Sleep of BehemothDisputing Peace and Violence in Medieval Europe, 1000-1200$
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Jehangir Yezdi Malegam

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780801451324

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9780801451324.001.0001

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The Papal Reform

The Papal Reform

Peace Espoused and Repudiated

(p.55) Chapter 2 The Papal Reform
The Sleep of Behemoth

Jehangir Yezdi Malegam

Cornell University Press

This chapter explores how papal visions of true peace quickly became implacable and produced an unprecedented radicalism in the tenor of church reform, analyzing in particular the papacies of Leo IX and Gregory VII. Claiming to be bringing peace to Saint Peter’s house, Leo and his advisers embarked on a process of cleansing and restructuring that became increasingly turbulent under his successors. But while ambitious in its visions the Leonine peace remained conservative in its methods, and solicitous of a harmonious relationship between papacy and empire. Reform needed the stewardship of Hildebrand, later Gregory VII, to truly radicalize it. Unlike Leo, Gregory made no accommodation for a peace that differed from his own implacable vision, for to accede to any but the perfect peace was to acquiesce in captivity.

Keywords:   true peace, perfect peace, Leo IX, Gregory VII, church reform, radicalism

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