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Miller (George Mason Univ.) has compiled neither a catalog of episcopal palaces nor a list of the bishops and their palaces in medieval Italy. Her study concerns the visual and architectural expression of the power of the bishops in relationship to their cathedral chapters, the parishioners of the dioceses they served, and other powers beyond diocesan borders, and as a result reveals many things about the residences of bishops in northern and central Italy. A persuasive case based on the material evidence of episcopal residences is made that the evolution of the bishop's house (domus episcopi) of early medieval centuries to the bishop's palace (palatium) of the late 11th and 12th centuries was fundamentally about the assertion of episcopal authority in the face of a loss of political power relative to that of the various communes and the pope. A handsome, generously illustrated volume. Footnotes. All levels. A. C. Reeves; Ohio University
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