This article analyses the political, juridical, theological and pastoral action of pope Innocent III (1198-1216) towards Norway, on the basis of the contemporary narrative and diplomatic sources. The main issues Innocent dealt with during his pontificate were the struggle with the excommunicated king Sverrir (†1202) and the many theological/doctrinal questions posed by the archbishops of Trondheim. Such epistolary relations did proved important for the advancement of the Church reform in an ecclesiastical province so vast and far from Rome. Thus, Innocent III’s action was a fundamental step in Norway’s long process of integration in Western Christendom.
Innocent III – Papacy – Norway – Sverrir Sigurðarson – Council Lateran IV