La “Donación de Constantino”: un debate historiográfico multisecular

Translated title of the contribution: The "Donation of Constantine": a centuries-old historiographical debate

Luis Rojas Donat, José Miguel de Toro

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The article analyzes the various explanations proposed regarding the 8th-century document known as the "Donation of Constantine." Through a comprehensive review of contemporary literature, it aims to systematize the existing historiographical discussion, particularly focusing on two points concerning this document: the issue of its origin (Roman or Frankish) and the role it played in strengthening the power of the Papacy. It is concluded that while the Holy See did not extensively use the "Donation" in its political claims or discourse on primacy, as doubts about its authenticity always existed, the document had a strong implicit significance. It emphasized the universal nature of the Church (as the Roman Empire had been) and highlighted its role in preserving culture during the Middle Ages.

Translated title of the contributionThe "Donation of Constantine": a centuries-old historiographical debate
Original languageSpanish
Pages (from-to)1-29
Number of pages29
JournalRevista de Historia (Chile)
Issue number30
StatePublished - 2023
Externally publishedYes

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