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 chrétiénte latine au coeurs de la période cruciale que fut le siècle du movement de réforme grégorien et du conflit d’investiture entre la papauté et l’empire. Ces études se préoccupent de la politique des papes, telle qu’on peut la voir exprimée au travers de leurs lettres et de canons issus des conciles qu’ils réunissaient. Elles s’intéressent aussi Ã 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 appropriés Ã une étude détaillée, afin d’en déterminer la véracité et la chronologie. Ce faisant, il élimine aussi un certain nombre de problèmes pseudo-historiques, subvenus en raison de la trop confiance accordée aux editions anciennes. Cette enquÃªte menée sur les textes est, de toute évidence, d’une grande importance en ce qui concerne l’étude du droit
Contents: Preface; The case against Berengar of Tours: a new text; Cardinal Stephanus of St Grisogono: some remarks on legates and legatine councils in the 11th century; Anselm of Lucca and Wibert of Ravenna; Mercy and justice in the early months of Urban II's pontificate; The French councils of pope Urban II: some basic considerations; Prolegomena (to the edition of the Decreta Claromontensia); The Council of Clermont (1095) and Latin Christian society; The Council of Clermont and the First Crusade; The so-called canons of Nimes (1096); The Council of Beauvais, 1114; The councils of pope Calixtus II and the Collection in Ten Parts; The councils of pope Calixtus II: Reims 1119; Pope Honorius II, Conrad of Hohenstaufen and Lothar III; Pope Innocent II and the study of Roman law; The canon of Reims (1131); the council of Pisa,1135: a re-examination of the evidence for the canons; On the trail of a lost Morningside Heights manscript; The beginnings of Alexander III's Pontificate: Aeterna et incommutabilis and Scotland; Baluziana; Additions and corrections, Indexes.
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