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Papal Jurisprudence c.400

Papal Jurisprudence c.400
Sources of the Canon Law Tradition

  • Publication planned for: October 2019
  • availability: Not yet published - available from October 2019
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781108472937

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  • In the late fourth century, in the absence of formal church councils, bishops from all over the Western Empire wrote to the Pope asking for advice on issues including celibacy, marriage law, penance and heresy, with papal responses to these questions often being incorportated into private collections of canon law. Most papal documents were therefore responses to questions from bishops, and not initiated from Rome. Bringing together these key texts, this volume of accessible translations and critical transcriptions of papal letters is arranged thematically to offer a new understanding of attitudes towards these fundamental issues within canon law. Papal Jurisprudence, c.400 reveals what bishops were asking, and why the replies mattered. It is offered as a companion to the forthcoming volume Papal Jurisprudence: Social Origins and Medieval Reception of Canon Law, 385–1234.

    • Offers the first critical translations of the papal legal documents transmitted in the first canon law collections, in Late Antiquity
    • Makes original Latin sources accessible to students and scholars
    • Explains the papal contribution to the genesis of canon law, and will be essential reading for legal as well as religious and social historians
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    • Publication planned for: October 2019
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781108472937
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 mm
    • availability: Not yet published - available from October 2019
  • Table of Contents

    Acknowledgements
    Abbreviations
    Manuscript sigla
    1. Introduction
    2. State of research: Caspar and after
    3. Texts and manuscripts
    4. Rituals and liturgy
    5. Status hierarchy
    6. Hierarchy of authority
    7. Celibacy
    8. 'Bigamy'
    9. Marriage
    10. Monks and the secular clergy
    11. Heretics: Novatians, Bonosians, and Photinians
    12. Heretics: in the shadow of St Augustine
    13. Penance
    Epilogue
    Bibliography
    Index.

  • Editor and Translator

    David L. d'Avray, University College London
    David L. d'Avray is Professor of History at University College London. He has published widely on medieval preaching, death and kingship, marriage, rationalities, and the papacy. His previous publications include Papacy, Monarchy and Marriage, 860–1600 (Cambridge, 2015) and Dissolving Royal Marriages: A Documentary History, 860–1600 (Cambridge, 2014). He has been a Fellow of the British Academy since 2005 and a Corresponding Fellow of the Medieval Academy of America since 2016.

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