The first scene, on the left upper wall, depicts St Francis being received by Pope Honorius III
at the Cathedral of St Giovanni in Laterano at the time of the Franciscan Order's sanction by the Pope.
The Dominican form received its official recognition from the Roman Pontiff Honorius III
Queen Alice of Cyprus and Jerusalem was an accomplished political player, whose single-minded pursuit of power exercised the combined guiles of the powerful Ibelins, the Houses of Champagne and France, as well as Honorius III, one of the cleverest minds who sat at the throne of St Peter.
Pope Honorius III responded by setting up an inquiry into Alice's legitimacy and instructed her to present a deposition in her favour before the papal commission in person or through a procurator.
36) In a society within which political power was equated with manly skills, Pope Honorius III had recognised her maturity and her ability for political machination during the ecclesiastical crises of 1221, and had praised her ability to rule like a man despite being of fair sex.
Pope Honorius III was a zealous advocate of the Church's rights over the temporal authorities.
59) The grateful Pope Honorius III addressed the queen as, "dearest daughter in Christ, illustrious queen.
She begins by analyzing papal policy on the Baltic crusades up to 1198, the beginning of the pontificate of Innocent III and his subsequent interpretation of missions among non-Christians in the Baltic region and elsewhere, and the nature of care for the newly converted, an effort which Honorius III
coordinated the Dominicans from 1216 to 1227.
Francis' first Rule for his order of brothers--the Regula non bullata ("Rule not ratified by papal bull") of 1221--was rejected by Pope Honorius III
It was also here that in 1223, three years before his death, Pope Honorius III
finally granted the saint approval for his monastic order of friars.
The chanceries of his two successors, Honorius III (1216-27) and Gregory XI (1227-39), embraced the same standard, but, beginning in 1225, they were forced to compromise their approach in the face of a new conflictual rhetoric created by their imperial counterpart.
While not abandoning their hierarchical approach to rhetoric, both Honorius III and Gregory XI were compelled to descend into the arena to join their appeals to authority with a point-by-point rebuttal of their opponents' charges.