Degree Year

2019

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts

Department

History

Advisor(s)

Ellen Wurtzel

Committee Member(s)

Renee Christine Romano, Chair
Christopher Stolarski
Matthew R. Bahar

Keywords

Papacy, Catholic Church, Catholicism, France, Medieval

Abstract

This thesis examines the deposition of French bishops from office during the pontificate of Gregory VII (1073-1085). By comparing the various cases of deposition, I analyze how the ideologies of papal supremacy which were then being developed in Rome were actually put into practice by the Gregorian reformers. Based on this analysis, I conclude that the establishment of Roman supremacy in France, although revolutionary in character, was achieved through the manipulation of existing ecclesiastical institutions and through an alliance between the papacy and a variety of low-level church officials.

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History Commons

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