Matilda of Canossa
The intense and sincere religiosity Matilda is proven by the many churches in the area: the case of small churches built with blocks of sandstone, characterized by architectural elements 'proto-Romanesque' capitals, doorways and mullioned windows, not infrequently arisen on the initiative direct the Countess. Although it is in most cases heavily modified by subsequent reconstructions, the parishes of Matilda, inserted in unique natural settings, retain the charm of an intense spirituality.
Even more of the territory of the High churches cheese is strongly characterized by its many castles: they are mostly what remains of triple concentric circles which formed the impenetrable defensive structure of the possessions of Matilda. The first circle squeezed between their fortresses located in the Po Valley, where four and castles around Albinea Bianello, which in turn protected a second circle of the Apennine castles built in so you can visually check each other: this is where Canossa castles (everybody can understand what he is traveling to the view that you could be enjoying a huge reassurance to the forces of Matilda), Rossena Baiso. The center of this powerful defensive structure was the castle of Carpinete, perched at 805 m. high on the summit of Mount Antognano: perhaps this is said to be a favorite of Matilda.
After the 1077 Matilda had to deal with the reaction of Henry IV, who stripped her of the domains had been granted to the imperial investiture, that caused cities like Mantova, Lucca, Modena and Parma. The territories were returned only with the rise of the imperial throne of Henry V and the resulting reinvestitura of 1111: The relationship between Matilda and the new emperor, as well as between the empire and the papacy, were now ahead of the agreed riconfigurandosi Worms. Matilda, however, came out of the limelight retreating to more isolated lives in San Benedetto Polirone, where he died in 1115, perhaps as a result of gout. From 1635 to St. Peter rests in the tomb for her sculpted by Bernini.
Last update: March 7, 2023