Dominion of God: Christendom and Apocalypse in the Middle by Brett Edward Whalen

By Brett Edward Whalen

Brett Whalen explores the compelling trust that Christendom could unfold to each nook of the earth prior to the top of time. through the excessive heart Ages—an period of campaign, challenge, and eu expansion—the Western fans of Rome imagined the longer term conversion of Jews, Muslims, pagans, and jap Christians into one fold of God’s humans, assembled less than the authority of the Roman Church.

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83 Whatever the limitations of his abilities to enforce his claims, Gregory demonstrated an unprecedented scope of concern for extending the influence of the Roman Church over alternate Christian traditions. 84 In other cases, he looked farther afield. 85 Looking toward Byzantium, Gregory kept diplomatic channels open with the Byzantine emperor, Michael VII (r. 1067–1078), communicating with him through his legates and letters about the need to “renew a state of concord” between the church of Rome and its “ancient daughter,” Constantinople.

As Gregory’s papacy prog ressed, his battle with Henry absorbed more and more of his attention, leading him and his supporters to wonder if the current discord in Christendom itself portended the end of history, or at least whether the papal conflict with the emperor manifested a deeper, eschatological battle between good and evil. In his own correspondence, Gregory did not hesitate to label his opponents “members of Antichrist,” including simoniacal bishops and the imperially sponsored “anti-pope,” Guibert of Ravenna, who claimed papal authority under the name of Clement III from 1084 to 1100.

1028–1056) who had dedicated himself to the eradication of simony, selecting a new pope, Gregory VI (r. 1045–1046), whose “good reputation served to reform the corruption of his predecessor,” Pope Benedict IX (r. 52 Apparently, Glaber died around this time, or perhaps he could not bring himself to record the tangled events that followed, including Gregory VI’s forced resignation resulting from charges of simony against him, the short tenure of Pope Clement II (r. 1046–1047), the brief return of the deposed Pope Benedict IX (r.

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