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Peter’s Pence
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Peter’s Pence (Lat. denarius Sancti Petri) was an annual payment of devotion or recognition to the pope, almost a quasi-tribute. It first arose in 8th-century England at the initiative of secular rulers. Later it spread to most of the countries under the papacy. The efforts of Gregory VII (1073–85) and other popes to establish a feudal relation to the papacy on the basis of the Donation of Constantine came to nothing (Feudalism). In the 16th century the practice of paying Peter’s Pence fell into disuse, but it was revived in the 19th century when papal revenues fr…

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Grote, Heiner, “Peter’s Pence”, in: Encyclopedia of Christianity Online. Consulted online on 16 November 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2211-2685_eco_P.78>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004169678, 20080512



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