A Warrior Bishop of the Twelfth Century
The 'Deeds of Albero of Trier', by Balderich
- Pages: 92 p.
- Size:150 x 230 mm
- Language(s):English, Latin
- Publication Year:2008
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- ISBN: 978-0-88844-294-9
This conflict between the church and the German emperor centred on the question of control over the appointment of bishops: clergy and princes alternately allied with and fought against one another, seeking to consolidate their respective powers through different structures of governance.
As a young cleric in Metz, Albero resisted an imperially appointed bishop. His audacious use of disguise while travelling on secret missions for his church show him to be very much a folk-hero. And once Albero had been appointed archbishop, Balderich characterizes him as the lynchpin in the actions of popes and kings. Albero ensured the election of King Conrad III, and led troops on campaigns in Italy and northern Germany.
But it was Albero’s rule as prince-bishop that proved paramount. Albero directed the spiritual affairs of the church in Trier while exercising political rule over the principality, and it is this aspect that is Balderich’s principal focus, and which makes the Deeds the remarkable document that it is.