I was wondering, are there any good contemporary sources on the development of the early Church hierarchy, from about ca. 100 - 800? I know that’s a large gap to consider, but it would greatly help me.
I’ve taken a look through NewAdvent.org, and collected some Church Fathers’ writings about the roles of the specific members (deacons, bishops, etc), but I haven’t actually taken a look through them, nor have I looked through the entire list.
I’ve been invited to participate in Departmental Honors at my college, and I’ve chosen to talk about the hierarchy of the Early Church (I’m cutting it off at 800 because of Pope Leo III’s crowning of Charlemagne on Christmas Day, thus giving the Pope unprecedented political power). The paper (which is due Spring 2012, but I’d like to get a head’s start) is no less than 35 (or so) pages and no more than 60, so length won’t be a problem.
I’d just like to narrow down my sources.