The papal chapel played a remarkable role in the Roman Church. To this institution belonged clerics who helped the pope during the liturgical services and who, due to their exceptional relationship with the Vicarius Christi, were operating in the various ecclesiastical provinces of Christendom. Beginning with the historiographical reflexion, this paper focuses on the papal subdeacons active in the ecclesiastical province of Milan during the papacy of Alexander III and Innocent III (1159-1216). Thanks to the analysis of their careers, I describe their functions and their tasks, in order to explain the earliest results of my research project.
Papal chapel – Papal subdeacons – Church of Milan – Papacy – Prosopography