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Constantine, Donation of
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In the canon law collections of the High Middle Ages, but also already in the Pseudo-Isidorian Decretals, a forgery from the middle of the 9th century, the text of an extensive document is transmitted in which Emperor Constantine gives Pope Silvester I the primacy over all churches as well as a number of imperial rights and possessions. It was above all dominion over Rome and the western half of the Roman Empire, but also imperial honorary privileges that the pope was to receive, like the right to wear the imperial diadem and the purple robe and to b…

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Hartmann, Wilfried, “Constantine, Donation of”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 21 February 2024 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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