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

by Robert Somerville

Part of the Variorum Collected Studies Series

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

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

Book Information

ISBN: 9780860782605
Publication date: 29th March 1990
Author: Robert Somerville
Publisher: Variorum an imprint of Taylor & Francis Ltd
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 337 pages

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