The Donation of
This expression of the "Liber pontificalis" was erroneously
interpreted to mean that in this gift the beginning of the States of
the Church was to be recognized. This is incorrect inasmuch as the
popes continued to acknowledge the imperial Government, and Greek
officials appear in Rome for some time longer. True it is, however,
that here for the first time we meet the association of ideas on which
the States of the Church were to be constructed. The pope asked the
Lombards for the return of
The pact was the first extension of Papal territory beyond the confines of the Duchy of Rome. See also
Donation of Constantine Donation of Pepin
^ Schnürer, Gustav. "States of the Church." The Catholic Encyclopedia Vol. 14. New York: Robert Appleton Company, 1912. 26 October 2017
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