St Berardus of marsica (d. 1130) 'model gregorian bishop'

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The 'Gregorian Reform' or 'Gregorian Revolution' is a model of top-down ecclesiastical change that assumes that local bishops suddenly became, to some extent, agents of Rome. One striking illustration of this is the portrayal of the 'new Gregorian bishop', based largely on Berardus of Marsica (d. 1130), presented by Pierre Toubert in his classic Structures du Latium médiéval (1973), and now reprised by Jacques Dalarun (2003). This article, employing an unedited collection of miracles, re-examines Toubert's treatment of Berardus and revals a reforming saint who belongs less to Rome and more to his idiosyncratic cathedral of Santa Sabina.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)400-415
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Ecclesiastical History
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2007


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