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Before the Gregorian Reform: The Latin Church at the Turn of the First Millennium

John Howe


Historians typically single out the hundred-year period from about 1050 to 1150 as the pivotal moment in the history of the Latin Church, for it was then that the Gregorian Reform movement established the ecclesiastical structure that would ensure Rome's dominance throughout the Middle Ages and beyond. This book challenges this familiar narrative by examining earlier, “pre-Gregorian” reform efforts within the Church. It finds that they were more extensive and widespread than previously thought and that they actually established a foundation for the subsequent Gregorian Reform movement. The low ... More

Keywords: church building, Latin Church, Gregorian Reform, Rome, Christian world, Christendom, Western Europe

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780801452895
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9780801452895.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

John Howe, author
Professor of History, Texas Tech University