Rome as Widow

Photo: Rome as Widow from Bibliotheque Nationale, MS It. 81 Credit: Harvard University Press

MF CASR Lunch with Unn Falkeid

Desire for Power and Ideas of Reform During the Avignon Papacy


28.01.2020 - 11:30 til 12:00

The papacy in Avignon (1309–1377) came to represent a decisive turning point in early modern political history, and a significant precursor of the destabilization during the Reformation. During the seventy years of papal residence in Southern France, the church underwent a formidable process of centralization and growth in bureaucracy. Power was concentrated around the office of the Pope, who claimed authority over secular rulers. The secular power of the papacy was however eloquently countered by European intellectuals, who questioned the legitimacy of the Avignon papacy and waged a literary war it.

Unn Falkeid is Professor of History of Ideas at University of Oslo. She opens the MF CASR Spring term 2020 with a presentation of her award-winning book The Avignon Papacy Contested (Harvard University Press, 2017).

Join us for an informal lunch to learn more. We'll provide coffee and tea.

MF Library
Between Rows 14 & 15