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Papal Justice in the Late Middle Ages
The Sacra Romana Rota





ISBN 9780367596798
Published June 29, 2020 by Routledge
216 Pages

 
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This is a study of the history and function of the highest ecclesiastical tribunal, the Sacra Romana Rota, from the twelfth to the sixteenth centuries. Despite its importance for Christendom and in contrast with other important papal offices, the activity of the Rota has never been thoroughly investigated on the basis of archival sources, in large part due to the vast source material and the perceived "difficulty" of the subject. This book fills this significant gap by explaining how the Rota functioned-its organization, the phases of a Rota process, everyday practices at the tribunal-and the kinds of issues it handled, where the processes originated from and how long they lasted. The study demonstrates that the Rota dealt with a range of cases much broader than has previously been acknowledged, whilst also confirming that the tribunal mainly oversaw litigation over benefices. The results of this research reveal the true role of the Rota and its significance for Christians from the middle ages to the dawn of the Reformation.

Table of Contents

Contents





List of Figures and Tables



Acknowledgements



List of Abbreviations





Introduction





PART I: THE TRIBUNAL OF THE SACRA ROMANA ROTA





1 Sources and Research on the Roman Rota





2 The Roman Rota and the Papal Curia





3 The History of the Roman Rota





4 The Organization and Personnel of the Rota





5 The Stages of Rota Processes





6 The Activity of the Rota as Recorded in the Rota Manualia





7 The Litigation of Henricus Meyer over the Parish of Mynämäki





PART II: ROTA PROCESSES IN THE LATE MIDDLE AGES AND ON THE EVE OF REFORMATION





8 The Classification and Number of Cases Heard in the Rota





9 The Geographical Range of Cases heard by the Rota





10 The Length of Rota Processes





11 Appellants





General Conclusions





Sources and Literature



Index of Persons



Index of Places

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Biography

Kirsi Salonen is Tenure Track Professor in Medieval and Early Modern History in the School of History, Culture and Art Studies at the University of Turku, Finland.