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Berardo Pio

Associate Professor

Department of History and Cultures

Academic discipline: M-STO/01 Medieval History


Keywords: Social classes Papacy Political power Establishment Law

His research concentrates mainly on the editing and study of sources for the history of the kingdom of Sicily in the Norman, Swabia and Anjou periods and on themes of a political-institutional nature relative to the history of the Papacy in the Low Middle Ages.
The study of southern sources concentrated on the analysis of a hybrid historiography genre, that of chronicles/cartularies, particularly widespread in western Europe but limited in the Italian peninsular to Benedictine centres in central-southern Italy. A large part of his work is now devoted to the reconstruction and study of a Registrum pheudatariorum of 1279, once preserved in file 8 of the Anjou chancellery listing feudal lords of the judiciary of Abruzzo, feudal asset values and lengths of military service due. The study of such a document enables on the one hand, a better understanding of the mechanisms regulating military service of a feudal nature, and on the other to quantify the effects of the introduction of French elements in the feudal geography of a significantly wide region of the Kingdom in the early Anjou period.
Work devoted to events of a political-institutional nature of the papacy, instead, has resulted in a series of works on certain aspects of Boniface VIII: instruments and aims of his propaganda, affirmation of the papal universalism and relations with the German court, aspects of the rule of territories under the apostolic seat, difficulties in relations with the Roman nobility and in particular with the families Colonna and Orsini.
In the same field of research, particular attention has been paid to developments of the papacy of the 1300s (relations with outer urban areas and the Studium of Bologna; war of the Otto Santi; great west Europe schism) and the work of Giovanni da Legnano, famous jurist of the Bologna Studium, brilliant politician and respected pontiff legate, author of a treatise on the schism, il De fletu Ecclesie (1378), which was widely-read in the latter years of the 14th century. It was much discussed and bitterly contested by cardinals from opposing allegiances, jurists from the University of Paris and experts from various European courts.

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