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By Robert Brentano

Unique historian Robert Brentano presents 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 complaints, economic bills, and different files to reconstruct the everyday life of the diocese.

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These chapters are meant to supplement each other and introduce the rest. Chapters 3 and 4 try in a number of very different ways to define "diocese" and "diocesan boundary"; they mean to describe change. The governmental and record-keeping change described in these chapters is probably the most obvious event of this book's narrative. Insofar as a world can be expressed by governmental self-consciousness, the Reatine diocesan world of the mid-fourteenth century is new and clearly different from that of the early thirteenth century.

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.

Photograph by Barbara Bini. 5. The late city apse of Sant'Agostino within the thirteenth-century walls of Rieti. , La sabina medievale (Milan, 1985), by permission of the Cassa di Risparmio di Rieti. < previous page page_14-1 next page > < previous page page_14-2 next page > 6. Fresco of Christ blessing, removed from the external wall of the small church of San Sebastiano in Canetra, thought to be thirteenth-century, now in the museum of the cathedral of Rieti. Photograph by Luisa Mortari, reprinted from Luisa Mortari, Il tesoro del duomo di Rieti (Rome, 1974), courtesy of the Istituto Centrale per il Catalogo e la Documentazione, Rome.

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