The Donation of Constantine

The Donation of Constantine. Found in the collection of Oratorio di San Silvestro, basilica dei Santi Quattro Coronati, Rome. Photo by Fine Art Images/Heritage Images/Getty Images

In the 8th century, a document was written that would have a lasting impact on the course of medieval Europe. The Donation of Constantine granted a large amount of Roman Empire land and power to Pope Sylvester I and his successors. But it was a fake.

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