Peasants and Imperial Rule: Agriculture and Agrarian Society by Neil Charlesworth

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Cecilia. However, before an election could be arranged the reform papacy was thrown into crisis on 18 March 1086 with the death of Bishop Anselm II of Lucca. Anselm had been the leading candidate in the proposed election, and apparently in a climate of growing anxiety about the succession, Abbot Desiderius was tumultuously elected pope at the church of S. Lucia in Rome on Pentecost (24 May) 1086. Soon after, the new pope, who had been unwillingly elected as Pope Victor III, divested himself of the papal insignia and returned to Montecassino.

G. Waitz, MGH SS, 10, 489–516. Hugh of Flavigny, 290/12–20, adapted this legend to claim that Sanctinus was one of the 72 Disciples of Christ. 2 Hubert Dauphin, Le Bienheureux Richard, Abbé de Saint-Vanne de Verdun (Louvain and Paris, 1946), p. 63 n. 3; cf. Gallia Christiana, 13, 1162–3, where a date c. 332 is offered for the foundation of the first church at Verdun. 3 St Paul’s role as a patron of this church seemed to emerge more clearly in the period after the refoundation of the church as a monastery in 951.

Hildesheimer Briefe no. 35, pp. 5, 75–6. 94 Cf. J. Cowdrey, The Age of Abbot Desiderius: Montecassino, the Papacy and the Normans in the Late Eleventh Century (Oxford, 1983), p. 181. 95 Hugh of Flavigny, 466/20–21. 96 Cowdrey, The Age of Abbot Desiderius, pp. 185–206, esp. 194–201, where Cowdrey sifts the complicated evidence of the Chronica monasterii Casinensis. 97 Hugh of Flavigny, 466/37–468/3; for Hugh’s association with the archbishop of Lyons, see Chapter 3, note 63. 20 The Chronicle of Hugh of Flavigny Lyons was shocked to hear that Desiderius had sworn an oath to Henry IV and had promised to help the king obtain the imperial crown.

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