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J. H. Round called the debate over Laudabiliter "one of the hottest historical controversies that this generation has known". The bull would today be a non-issue was it not for Henry II's eventual conquest of Ireland sixteen years later in 1171. Laudabiliter granted Henry reforming privileges over the Irish Church in order to "expound the truth of the Christian faith to ignorant and barbarous peoples". It is clear that John of Salisbury did indeed travel to Rome as part of Henry's first embassy to Pope Hadrian. Studies, primarily by Irish scholars, claimed that Hadrian IV did not have the power to grant lands to secular lords, but the Donation of Constantine was so widely accepted in the twelfth century that this argument seems spurious.

Keywords: Hadrian IV; Henry II; John of Salisbury; Laudabiliter; Rome



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