A papal matchmaker: Principle and pragmatism during Innocent III's pontificate

@article{Rousseau1998APM,
  title={A papal matchmaker: Principle and pragmatism during Innocent III's pontificate},
  author={Constance M. Rousseau},
  journal={Journal of Medieval History},
  year={1998},
  volume={24},
  pages={259-271}
}
Abstract Scholars have yet to recognize the complexity of the match-making policies of Innocent III (1198–1216) concerning the proposed marriages for Otto of Brunswick, Frederick of Sicily, and Elena of Gallura. This article analyzes five marriage projects whereby Innocent used a mixture of canonical principle and pragmatism to further not only the welfare of his proteges, wards and kin but also to advance the interests of the Church and to maintain a peaceful civilized world. It argues that in… Expand
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