|Author||: Thomas F. X. Noble|
|Publisher||: University of Pennsylvania Press|
|Total Pages||: 412|
|ISBN 10||: 9780812200911|
|ISBN 13||: 0812200918|
|Language||: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL|
The Republic of St. Peter seeks to reclaim for central Italy an important part of its own history. Noble's thesis is at once original and controversial: that the Republic, an independent political entity, was in existence by the 730s and was not a creation of the Franks in the 750s. Noble examines the political, economic, and religious problems that impelled the central Italians—and a succession of resolute popes—to seek emancipation from the Byzantine Empire. He delineates the social structures and historical traditions that produced a distinctive political society, describes the complete governmental apparatus of the Republic, and provides a comprehensive assessment of the Franco-papal alliance.