By Robert Brentano
Exclusive historian Robert Brentano offers a wholly new standpoint at the personality of the church, faith, and society within the medieval Italian diocese of Rieti from 1188 to 1378. Combing via a cache of formerly missed files saved in a tower of the cathedral, he makes use of wills, litigation court cases, monetary debts, and different files to reconstruct the way of life of the diocese.
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Certainly in the absence of the papacy, in spite of the presence of papal governors, Rieti was drawn much more heavily into the ambit of the kings of Naples; and it might have been helpful to Rieti if they in fact had been stronger kings. But Rieti, with its own constitution developed and intact, and visible within its first statutes and its earliest existing Riformanze, survived; and, in the end, it itself, its urban center, survived outside the borders of the kingdom of Naples. 24 Innocent III himself came to Rieti.
By the end of the thirteenth century the walls enclosed not only the entire new cathedral dedicated to Santa Maria, which had been consecrated by Pope Honorius III in September 1225, and significant portions of all three of the friars' complexes, but also the new cathedral campanile, which says that it was constructed in or after his first year by Bishop Tommaso (12521263/5), and the new episcopal-papal palace which Bishop Pietro da Ferentino (12781286) made to be constructed (at the time of the podestà Guglielmo da Orvieto) in 1283, with a loggia added in 1288, under Bishop Andrea (12861292/4)(from the time, as it says, of the podestà, Accoramboni da Tolentino)and, from just before the turn of the century, the Arco del Vescovo, which bears Pope Boniface VIII's family arms.
Previous page page_14-2 next page > < previous page page_14-3 next page > 7. Madonna and Child, portable statue (130 cm in height) in wood polychrome, from the parish church of Santa Maria di Sambuco near Fiamignano in the Cicolano, removed for restoration after heavy and prolonged resistance by the parishioners, and now in the museum of the cathedral of Rieti. , La sabina medievale (Milan, 1985), by permission of the Cassa di Risparmio di Rieti. < previous page page_14-3 next page > < previous page page_14-4 next page > 8.
A New World in a Small Place: Church and Religion in the Diocese of Rieti, 1188-1378 by Robert Brentano