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Unformatted text preview: Until then, the ecclesiastical authority was immovable in its support of the Donation as completely true. This is somewhat impressive, considered the ridiculous proportions of the text. Even if one were to ignore the numerous anachronisms, the fact remains that the pope supposedly rids Constantine of leprosy through baptism. But perhaps this should not be surprising, as the church must have had some ability to legitimize historical texts if not just because most historians at the time were also beholden to the church. Monks, especially, devoted a great deal of their lives to the chronicling of history, so its quite likely that only the higher-ups in the church had the resources or education to check whether these histories were true. The rest of the empire probably had to assume that the church was telling the truth, both because they had no way to contest it and because a conflict with the church would have been a difficult and futile endeavor....
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This essay was uploaded on 04/11/2008 for the course HIST 110 taught by Professor Hughes during the Fall '07 term at University of Michigan.
- Fall '07