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  • Print publication year: 2020
  • Online publication date: June 2020

6 - Transmission, Reception, and Audiences


The power of the Liber pontificalis has so far been deduced from its contents. It is now time to address the question of audience, the text’s reception, and its potential influence. Rather than speculate further on the intended audiences, whether within or beyond Rome, it makes better sense to focus in this chapter on the actual early medieval audiences indicated by the surviving manuscript evidence.