This refers to territory in central Italy governed by the Holy See and was subject to variation in size and position over the centuries. In modern times it is effectively the Vatican State in Rome.
Related term(s): Papal; Pope; Papal Curia; Papal Bull; Pontificate; Legate
Category: Western Christianity
Contributor(s): Natalie Kohout
Source information: Konstam, Angus. Historical Atlas of the Crusades. New York: Checkmark Books, 2002.