The History of the Popes and Church History (Prof. Dr. Claudia Zey, University of Zürich)

"Both the popes and church history have always been and still are central for to the study of medieval history. In terms of political history, the papacy was the only institution of universal European reach from the high Middle Ages on. The geographical reach of the papacy included all of Europe [sic!] and on account of the Crusader kingdoms also included the near east for well over two centuries. The fascination for the history of the popes - which has a long and far-reaching tradition in German historical scholarship - is rooted, on the one hand, in the unbroken continuity of this institution from its origins in late antiquity and the early Middle Ages until today, with the Pope himself being