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DONATION OF CONSTANTINE
A document forged in the eighth or ninth century, allegedly written by Emperor Constantine (c. 275-337), gibing the Pope and the Church great possessions and a political privilege. It was never considered by the popes as the source of their power either in civil jurisdiction or in spiritual authority.