Enrico Veneziani

Contact Details
email: ev25@st-andrews.ac.uk

Thesis Title: Honorius II (Pope) and His Ecclesiology

Supervisors: Professor Frances Andrew, fea@st-andrews.ac.uk

Originally from Fiorenzuola d’Arda (Italy), I graduated in History in 2010 at the Alma Mater Studiorum Università di Bologna (First cycle degree programme), then I did a Second cycle degree programme at the same University in Historical sciences (2010-2012). During these last years, I became very interested in the Reform of the XI century and in the ecclesiology of the Popes of this period, due to my prof. Glauco Maria Cantarella’s studies. Then I decided to applied for a PhD at the University of St Andrews to continue and expand my studies, guided by prof. Frances Andrews. I am currently writing a thesis on Pope Honorius II and His ecclesiology.



My thesis examines the life and the ecclesiology of Pope Honorius II (1124-1130), the first pope to be elected after the Concordat of Worms: he had to face a completely new situation. He has been disregarded by the most recent historiography, gripped between two giants as Calixtus II and Innocent II (without forgetting Anacletus II). It is also to be noted that there is no, absolute, historiographical works that analyze specifically the ecclesiology of this pope, an aspect in which I think is rather important for a correct and complete interpretation of his work and of the guidelines of his pontificate.
From all of this it is clear to me how there are significant gaps present in the study of this pontiff and these deserve to be filled. The central argument of this research wants to be the study of Lamberto’s ecclesiology through the analysis of his writings, which I will try to combine with the canonical collections of the time and with the biographies written by Pandolfo in Liber pontificalis and by Bosone, as well as the chroniclers of the time, in order to fully understand what thought led to his choices and his political actions and assess whether this thought was in the footsteps of his predecessors, seeking thereby to sketch out an initial evaluation of a pontificate, too often undervalued or quite overlooked instead, as I believe, the foundations were laid for some of the events that happened in the following years.