By Michael Walsh
"In 1271, with the papal throne vacant for over years, neighborhood officers locked the cardinals of the Catholic Church in a room, forcing them to choose a brand new pope. From this inauspicious starting arose the perform of the conclave, the hugely secretive mixture of rituals and politics designed to choose a brand new chief for the world's Catholic population." "In The Conclave, Catholic historian Michael Walsh takes readers throughout the background of conclaves prior, highlighting the vendettas, feuds, and political intrigues that experience coloured the choice of a brand new pontiff. An unique heritage of the key deliberations, colourful stones, or even bloody occasions that encompass the making and unmaking of popes, The Conclave is a smart tale, an exceptional heritage and a tremendous paintings for someone drawn to the papacy."--Jacket. Read more...
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They found it in Conon, an inoﬀensive Roman cleric who happened to be the son of a soldier. The military were mollified and the clergy slipped into the Lateran palace and elected Conon. But the new pope was elderly, and it was clear he would not survive long; in fact his pontificate lasted only a year. The Archdeacon of Rome, one Paschal, realizing that Conon would not live long, started to plan his own succession. Crucial to any appointment was the approval of the exarch. Paschal now wrote to him, oﬀering a substantial bribe which the exarch was only too pleased to accept.
The Western emperor, under the “Constitution” of 824, demanded a pledge of 01_The Conclave 42 4/21/03 1:22 PM Page 42 The Conclave friendship between Rome and the Empire. It was to be received by the imperial legate in Rome itself. Valentine, the one and only pope of that name, was apparently elected according to this formula when Eugenius died in 827, but just when Eugenius died, and how long Valentine was pope, is not recorded: it was probably only a couple of months. But he, like his successor Gregory IV, was almost certainly chosen because he was a member of the aristocracy.
Perhaps as a result of Athalric’s ruling, the election of Agapitus (the son of the murdered priest Gordianus) passed oﬀ uneventfully, but his pontificate was short, little more than a year. He died in Constantinople, trying, unsuccessfully as it turned out, to dissuade the energetic young Emperor Justinian I from attempting to reestablish Byzantine control over Italy. He had gone there on the instructions of Theodahad, the last Ostrogothic king, and Theodahad now imposed the subdeacon Silverius, son of Pope Hormisdas, as someone whom he believed would be sympathetic to the Ostrogoths.
The conclave : a sometimes secret and occasionally bloody history of papal elections by Michael Walsh