The Life of Mathilda of CanossaCanossa (Italy), 1115
Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana, Vatican City
Date of Publication of the Facsimile: 1984
Countess Mathilda of Canossa (1046-1115) ruled over northern Italy at a time when the Holy Roman Emperor, Henry IV (to the north) and the Pope (to the south) were struggling for supremacy on the European scene. She sided with the church and turned over her extensive possessions to the Papacy. This is an account of her life by a monk of her entourage.
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