Between politics and pastoral. The thirty-five years of Archbishop Vitale in the diocese of Pisa (1217-1252)
Pisa, Chiesa, Vitale
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AbstractArchbishop Vitale was raised to the Pisan archiepiscopal see in 1217, through a controversial election. His assignment took place after a papal inquiry, which had opposed the succession of the candidate appointed by the chapter, Ildebrandino. The Papacy supported the canon Vitale’s choice for his strangeness to the urban guilds rather than for his studies of law or his previous activity in the chapter. This way, Honorius III meant to secure himself the allegiance of the local church in the fight with the commune of Pisa for the supremacy over Sardinia. However, Vitale did not hesitate to support urban interests, claiming the rights of his diocese over the island, in open contrast to the stance of the Roman foreign policy. Vitale turned out to be as uncompromising in defending the archiepiscopal prerogatives both against the other ecclesiastical institutions (in particular the chapter and mendicant orders) and against seculars (especially rural communes).