Out of the Horrors of War
Came a Little Man of Pea ce
By Fr. Bob Hutmacher, O.F.M.
In 1054 war broke out between Assisi and the much larger city of Perugia, just 22 kilometers (14 miles) away. This began horrid inter-city warfare that lasted for years. I’ll spare you details of medieval warfare but it was grim, fierce, relentless and inhumane. What you might see in contemporary films rarely conveys the horrors that were acceptable behaviors. I’ve read some eyewitness accounts from that period and couldn’t finish the accounts because of the atrocities. This conflict between two beautiful, strategic hilltop cities continued till an imposed papal peace in 1540. The Middle Ages in Italy were not peaceful as warfare raged between cities, territories and countries. Most scandalous was the constant warfare between the papacy and the Holy Roman Emperors centered in Germany. Civil war in Assisi itself raged from 1190 – 1200 as its citizens battled for complete independence from both the Papal States and the Empire. Read more
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