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This front matter section of the book Angelus Pacis: The Legation of Cardinal Giovanni Gaetano Orsini, 1326-1334 contains table of contents, acknowledgements and introduction about the book. The book explores the largely overlooked legation of Cardinal Giovanni Gaetano Orsini, who served as Pope John XXII’s legatus a latere to central Italy from 1326 to 1334. Orsini's appointment constituted a break from the Avignon papacy's traditional reliance on Gallic agents in Italy, a fact which contributed significantly to both the successes and the failures of his legation. The book examines Avignonese papal policy in Italy and the peculiar circumstances that necessitated Orsini's legation; Orsini's powerful Roman family; the nature of the legatine power he wielded; his campaigns in Tuscany and the Papal States; his provocative signoria in Rome; his reform initiatives; and the reasons underlying the ultimate failure of his mission.

Keywords: Avignonese papal policy; Cardinal Giovanni Gaetano Orsini; Rome



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