Contents: Introduction; Papal politics, Papal culture; The geography of power, the power of geography: Mantua and San Benedetto Po; The Benedictine abbey of Nonantola: reframing history, debating theology; The cathedral at Modena: history and historiography; The reform programme at the cathedral of Modena; Beyond the centre: the cathedrals of Cremona and Piacenza; Conclusion; Bibliography; Index.
Dorothy F. Glass is the author of Studies on Cosmatesque Pavements, Italian Romanesque Sculpture: An Annotated Bibliography, Romanesque Sculpture in Campania: Patrons, Programs and Style, and Portals, Pilgrimage and Crusade in Western Tuscany.
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