Popes, Canonists and Texts, 1150–1550: 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Popes, Canonists and Texts, 1150–1550

1st Edition

By Kenneth Pennington


384 pages

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Several different approaches to medieval legal history are evident in these articles. The first group uses law to investigate the principles that governed society, whether clearly articulated or not, and to ask how the intellectual structures of the ius commune affected the institutions of government and the presuppositions of the people. The second group of articles illustrates the importance of returning to the manuscript sources of later medieval texts, rather than relying on the early printed editions. In both parts Professor Pennington also focuses on the lives of individual jurists, contending that these provide a key to the understanding of their thought, their position in society, and the connections between the two. One of these articles is published for the first time here, while a number of others have been revised and up-dated for publication. Plusieures approches différentes à l’histoire légale du Moyen Age sont reflétées au travers de ces articles. Le premier groupe se sert de la loi pour explorer les principes qui gouvernaient la société - que ceux-ci soient clairement exprimés ou non - et afin de demander comment les structures intellectuelles de l’ius commune affectaient les institutions gouvernementales et les présuppositions du peuple. Le second groupe illustre l’importance du retour aux sources manuscrites des textes médiévaux tardifs, plutôt que de se fier à des impressions anciennes. Au travers des deux parties du volume, le professeur Pennington se concentre aussi sur la vie de certains juristes, avançant qu’il s’agit là d’une des clefs permettant de comprendre leur pensée, leur place dans la société et le rapport entre ces deux facteurs. Un des articles est publié ici pour la première fois, alors qu’un certain nombre d’autres ont été révisés et mis à jour pour leur réimpression.

Table of Contents

Contents: Preface; The legal education of Pope Innocent III; Further thoughts on Pope Innocent III’s knowledge of law; Innocent III and the divine authority of the Pope; Pope Innocent III’s views on Church and State: a gloss to Per venerabilem; The politics of Innocent III; Gregory IX, Emperor Frederick II, and the Constitutions of Melfi; Epistolae Alexandrinae: a collection of Pope Alexander III’s letters; The making of a decretal collection: the genesis of Compilatio tertia; The French recension of Compilatio tertia; Johannes Teutonicus and papal legates; Pro peccatis patrum puniri: a moral and legal problem of the Inquisition; A note to Decameron 6.7: the wit of Madonna Filippa; Bartolomé de Las Casas and the tradition of medieval law; Lotharius of Cremona; Summae on Raymond de Pennafort’s Summa de casibus in the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek, Munich; Henricus de Segusio (Hostiensis); An earlier recension of Hostiensis’s Lectura on the decretals; A ’quaestio’ of Henricus de Segusio and the textual tradition of his Summa super decretalibus; Johannes Andreae’s Additiones to the decretals of Gregory IX; The Consilia of Baldus de Ubaldis; The authority of the Prince in a Consilium of Baldus de Ubaldis; Panormitanus’s Lectura on the decretals of Gregory IX; Additional thoughts; General index; Index of manuscripts; Index of legal citations.

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