Medieval Glossary


The bishop of Rome and head of the Church. During much of the Middle Ages, popes had considerable power and influence, sometimes rivaling that of the most powerful secular rulers of Europe.

Related term(s): Pontificate; Papal; Papal Curia; Papal Bull; Papal States; Legate
Category: Western Christianity
Added: 07.31.04
Last modified: 08.07.05


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