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25 October 2007

Thursday 25 October 2007 15:45-16:00 (Radio 4 FM)


Professor Eamon Duffy presents a series on ten great pontiffs.

The 11th-century monk Hildebrand came from lowly Tuscan roots, but rose to become one of the greatest Popes in history. As Gregory VII, he set about tackling the corruption which had become endemic in the church and restoring the image of the papacy. Professor Duffy charts the life of this great reformer who once forced an Emperor to meet him barefoot in the snow, but who ultimately died in exile.

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