Gerardo Bianchi da Parma († 1302). La biografia di un cardinale-legato duecentesco

Translated title of the contribution: [Autom. eng. transl.] Gerardo Bianchi from Parma († 1302). The biography of a thirteenth-century cardinal-legate

Pietro Maria Silanos

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[Autom. eng. transl.] The volume deals with the biography of Cardinal Gerardo Bianchi from Parma (1220-1302), the first cardinal of Parma, a particularly important figure for the political and institutional history of the Church of the thirteenth century, because it was linked to the story that indelibly marked the political addresses of the see apostolic between 1254 and 1303, before the Avignon exile: the fief of the kingdom of Sicily to the Angevin family and the attempt to resolve the "Sicilian question" after the outbreak of the Vespers of 1282. This study is part of a vein of investigation that has always attracted the interest of several historical research institutes, of a medieval, prestigious sphere (Ecole française de Rome, the Italian Historical Institute for the Middle Ages, the Deutsches Historisches Institut in Rom): the history of the pontificate in its institutional, sociological and cultural aspects. Of particular importance in recent decades have been the prosopographic research on the personnel of the Roman Curia (Chancellery, Apostolic Chamber, College of Cardinals) which have allowed us to reconstruct an increasingly complete picture of the most important court of the entire Middle Ages and on the mechanisms that they have regulated it. Starting from this research I wanted to deepen the general prosopographic level by reconstructing a particular biography. Cardinal Bianchi's choice was not accidental. It presents a twofold interest: one of local history, as Gerardo Bianchi was the first cardinal of the Emilian city and built one of the most important Cistercian monasteries in the area, recently renovated and now the seat of the CSAC (Study Center and Archive of the Communication from the University of Parma); one of Roman curial history, as his figure allows us to grasp factors and dynamics within the evolution of a prestigious ecclesiastical curriculum such as the cardinal (family of origin, studies, supportive clients, curial and extra-curial assignments, riches etc ). From the point of view of a comparative research, therefore, this type of study allows not only to reconstruct the biography of a single figure but also to create a model that allows to identify similarities and differences in similar ecclesiastical paths, thus deepening the knowledge that today they are on the Papal Curia of the thirteenth century.
Translated title of the contribution[Autom. eng. transl.] Gerardo Bianchi from Parma († 1302). The biography of a thirteenth-century cardinal-legate
Original languageItalian
Number of pages548
ISBN (Print)978-88-89670-51-4
Publication statusPublished - 2010

Publication series

NameItalia sacra. Studi e documenti di storia ecclesiastica


  • Chiesa medievale
  • Medieval Church
  • Parma
  • Tredicesimo secolo
  • cardinal
  • cardinale
  • curia romana
  • legato papale
  • papal legate
  • roman curia
  • thirteenth century


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