Number 6. 2018
Estudios bizantinos is a digital and international open-access journal of Byzantine Studies. It has been created by the Sociedad Española de Bizantinística and it welcomes scientific papers with original and high-quality content on any aspect of the Byzantine civilisation.

Raúl Estangüi Gómez

The spreading of the Donatio Constantini from the 11th century onwards, in the context of the ecclesiastical reform promoted by the Papacy, led to a major shift in the protocol under which the meetings between the Pope and the lay rulers, especially the Byzantine emperor, occurred, because of the introduction of the officium stratoris or “office of the groom”. The aim of this ceremony was to display the supremacy of the ecclesiastical over the secular powers. In the 13th century, the officium stratoris entered the Byzantine world due to the Latin regime in Constantinople and the reformist agenda. The officium stratoris was performed by the contemporary Byzantine emperors, thus bearing witness of a deep change in the approach to the imperial authority and the nature of the relationship between the ruler and the Church. Eventually this ritual went through several important changes mirroring the evolution of the imperial ideology at the end of the Byzantine period.
Keywords: Histoire de Byzance, Période paléologue, Cérémonial, Église byzantine, Histoire de la papauté