The acts of the Council of Constantinople of 869-70 / translated by Richard Price ; with an introduction and notes by Federico Montinaro.

Council of Constantinople (4th : 869-870 : Constantinople) [Browse]
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  • Liverpool : Liverpool University Press, 2022.
  • ©2022
viii, 504 pages : maps ; 22 cm.


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The Council of Constantinople of 869-70 was highly dramatic, with its trial and condemnation of Patriarch Photius, a towering figure in the Byzantium of his day, and the tussle of wills at the council between the papal legates, the imperial representatives and the bishops. It was church politics and personalities rather than issues of doctrine, such as icon veneration, that dominated the debates. Out of all the acts of the great early councils, the acts of this council, of which this edition is the first modern translation, are the nearest to an accurate and complete record. Its protest against secular interference in ecclesiastical elections was taken up later in the West and led to this council's being accorded full ecumenical status, although it had been repudiated in Byzantium soon after it was held. No early council expresses so vividly the tension between Rome's claim to supreme authority and the Byzantine reduction of this to a primacy of honour. --Book cover.
Bibliographic references
Includes bibliographical references (pages 467-483) and indexes.
Language note
Translated from the Latin.
  • Machine generated contents note: I. The background
  • II. Before the Council
  • III. The course of the Council
  • IV. The aftermath and status of the Council
  • V. The message of the Council
  • VI. The text of the Acts
  • VII. The editions and the present translation
  • Text
  • Preface by Anastasius
  • Session I
  • Session II
  • Session III
  • Session IV
  • Session V
  • Session VI
  • Session VII
  • Session VIII
  • Session IX
  • Session X
  • Letters sent after the Council
  • Appendix
  • The papal letters in the proceedings
  • Bibliography
  • Abbreviations
  • Primary sources
  • Secondary literature
  • Maps
  • Indices of persons in the Acts
  • 1. Bishops and higher clergy
  • 2. Lower clergy and monks
  • 3. Lay people.
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  • 9781800856844 ((hardback))
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