Emperor Maurice accuses Pope Gregory for treason – Italy’s sad condition

Poor relations between Romanus the Exarch of Italy in Ravenna and Pope Gregory in Rome.

Writes Gregory: “I will only say that his [Romanus’s] malice towards us is worse than the swords of the Lombards. The enemies who kill us outright are kinder than the State officials [judges, magistrates of the commonwealth/res publica], who wear us out with their malice, their robberies [plundering, piracy] and their frauds [deceits]” (quoted in Richards p.171) Continue reading “Emperor Maurice accuses Pope Gregory for treason – Italy’s sad condition”

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