Papal State

From Cunnan
Revision as of 14:02, 10 November 2003 by Del (talk | contribs)
(diff) ← Older revision | Latest revision (diff) | Newer revision → (diff)
Jump to navigationJump to search

The Papal States are the personal lands of the pope, held by him in a feudal manner in the same way as any other crown, except that the pope is not a hereditary office, it is elected.

The area of the Papal States varied widely during the Middle Ages and Renaissance, however they usually included Rome, Viterbo, Urbino and ocassionally lands as far north as Ferrara, Bologna, Parma and Modena.

To the south of the Papal States is the Kingdom of Naples.