Pope Innocent III, the Fourth Lateran Council, and Frankish Greece and Cyprus.

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Although the union between the Latin and Greek Churches was one of Pope Innocent III’s career-long ambitions, the limited provisions made by the canons of the Fourth Lateran Council regarding the eastern Churches have led most historians to assume that by the end of his pontificate this matter had been relegated to one of secondary importance and was treated only as an afterthought during the council. By collecting and re-examining the surviving sources, this article shows that considerable time and energy was in fact spent during the council in regulating the affairs of the Churches of former Byzantine lands. The ensuing decisions and legislation formed the basis of the organisation of the Church in much of the Greco-Latin East for at least another three centuries.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)741-759
JournalThe Journal of Ecclesiastical History
Issue number4
Early online date28 Sep 2016
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 28 Sep 2016

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