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Robert Somerville - Author

About the Author

Robert Somerville grew up in rural Kent during the 1960s. A childhood spent in the woods and hills of the North Downs and the orchards and marshes of the Little Stour valley inspired his deep love for the natural world. After studying engineering and architecture at the University of Cambridge, Somerville went on to run a design and building business in Devon, utilizing local wood, stone and earth. Upon moving to Hertfordshire with his wife, Lydia, Somerville began working with local woodland owners and foresters to source local elm timber and then build and raise timber frames by hand, with the help of volunteers known as the Barn Club - a group formed to teach, practice and celebrate skilled rural craftsmanship. Somerville lives with Lydia and the youngest of his three children in their self-built eco-house in an idyllic smallholding.

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Prefaces to Canon Law Books in Latin Christianity

Prefaces to Canon Law Books in Latin Christianity

Author: Robert Somerville, Bruce C. Brasington Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/10/2020

An updated and expanded version of the original edition, published in 1998. That original edition went up through 1245. This new version extends to 1317 and adds two important prefaces.

Pope Alexander III And the Council of Tours (1163)

Pope Alexander III And the Council of Tours (1163)

Author: Robert Somerville Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 14/08/2018

From the Preface: The 1163 council at Tours met amidst the most protracted conflict between a pope and a secular ruler in medieval history, the eighteen-year struggle between Alexander III and Frederick Barbarossa. The gathering duly receives a paragraph or so in surveys of that dispute, and it usually is included-and properly so-in lists of the important sources for twelfth- and thirteenth-century canon law. But the meeting has been accorded no integrated study of all its political and legislative facets, nor have all of the sources, even all of those available in print, ever been utilized together. The present work strives to offer in one volume a historical account of the synod at Tours which is as complete as possible. That means uncovering the conciliar events as well as pondering their relation to the great issues of the time, especially Alexander's struggle with Frederick. The aim is to reconstruct, as sources permit, what happened at a council of acknowledged import, and at the same time to examine the interdependence of those events with the historical climate in which the gathering convened. Such reciprocity often has become hazy, but synods do not assemble in a vacuum. Their histories gain greater fascination in proportion to how successfully the events in concilio can be linked to movements and pressures from society at large. This title is part of UC Press's Voices Revived program, which commemorates University of California Press's mission to seek out and cultivate the brightest minds and give them voice, reach, and impact. Drawing on a backlist dating to 1893, Voices Revived makes high-quality, peer-reviewed scholarship accessible once again using print-on-demand technology. This title was originally published in 1977.

Papacy, Councils and Canon Law in the 11th-12th Centuries

Papacy, Councils and Canon Law in the 11th-12th Centuries

Author: Robert Somerville Format: Hardback Release Date: 29/03/1990

Professor Somerville deals here with the history of Latin Christianity at a crucial time - the century of the Gregorian reform movement and of the Investiture conflict between the papacy and the empire. The articles are concerned with the policies of the popes, as expressed in their letters and the canons of the councils they summoned, and with the impact on the life and laws of the Church. Conciliar history, indeed, forms the main focus of the volume, and the author's aim has been to subject the relevant texts and manuscripts to detailed scrutiny in order to determine their veracity and chronology. In so doing he also demolishes some of the pseudo-historical problems that have arisen from an uncritical reliance upon early printed editions. This investigation of the texts is of evident importance for the study of canon law, but it also shows how they can serve as valuable sources for the history of the Western Middle Ages, revealing much about life in the period, as well as about papal politics. Le professeur Sommerville traite ici de la chretiente latine au coeurs de la periode cruciale que fut le siecle du movement de reforme gregorien et du conflit d'investiture entre la papaute et l'empire. Ces etudes se preoccupent de la politique des papes, telle qu'on peut la voir exprimee au travers de leurs lettres et de canons issus des conciles qu'ils reunissaient. Elles s'interessent aussi A leur influence sur la vie et les lois d'Eglise. L'histoire conciliare forme, en effet, la plus grande part de ce receuil et l'auteur s'y propose de soumettre textes et manuscrits appropries A une etude detaillee, afin d'en determiner la veracite et la chronologie. Ce faisant, il elimine aussi un certain nombre de problemes pseudo-historiques, subvenus en raison de la trop confiance accordee aux editions anciennes. Cette enquAte menee sur les textes est, de toute evidence, d'une grande importance en ce qui concerne l'etude du droit

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