2021 1-4955-0871-4 "This work [offers] a comprehensive investigation into how Gregory the Great cared for the poor and the marginalized. Methodologically, this study constitute[s] the first investigation of his use of lesser orders, defensores ecclesiarum (defenders) and notarii (notaries). This book fill[s] a lacuna in explicating the roles and demographic characteristics of these lesser orders. It...also illustrate[s] his use of meritorious almsgiving and gifts to maintain the services of his significant donors." From the Author's "Introduction"