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Readers, Texts and Compilers in the Earlier Middle Ages

Studies in Medieval Canon Law in Honour of Linda Fowler-Magerl, 1st Edition

By Martin Brett

Edited by Kathleen G. Cushing


226 pages

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Reflecting the focus but also range of their honorand's work in medieval canon law in the era before Gratian, the essays in this volume explore the creation and transmission of canonical texts and the motives of their compilers but also address the issues of how the law was interpreted and used by diverse audiences in the earlier middle ages, with especial focus on the eleventh and early twelfth centuries. These issues have lain at the heart of Linda Fowler-Magerl's distinguished body of scholarly work on judicial ordines and procedural literature, on the transmission of canonical texts and their formal sources before Gratian, and perhaps most especially her pioneering role in the creation of a database of canon law manuscripts before Gratian now published as Clavis canonum. Linda Fowler-Magerl's work has fundamentally transformed our understanding of canonistic activity in the era before Gratian and its reception across the Church throughout Europe. Individually the scholars whose studies are included in this volume offer new viewpoints on several key issues and questions relating to the creation of canonical texts, the concerns of their compilers and the transmission of their work, as well as the use of such texts by readers with the most various interests in the period. As a whole, the volume contributes to an understanding of the increasing importance of the written law for a far wider circle than Roman reformers and local advocates. These issues are especially highlighted by the editors' introduction.


’The volume is worthy of the recipient and a significant contribution to the study of pre-Gratian canon law.’ Kenneth Pennington, Catholic Historical Review 'This Festschrift is a remarkably rich collection of essays on medieval canon law c.800-1200. … its twelve authors contribute original and important arguments to their respective legal fields. Journal of Australian Early Medieval Association 'This is an important collection of studies that forays deeply into and beyond the researches initiated by Linda Fowler-Magerl…' Parergon

Table of Contents

Contents: Preface; Introduction; The Notitia Galliarum: an unusual Bavarian version, Roger E. Reynolds; Useful guilt: canonists and penance on the Carolingian frontier, Abigail Firey; Authority and the canons in Burchard's Dectreum and Ivo' s Decretum, Greta Austin; The Collection in 74 Titles: a monastic canon law a collection from 11th-century France, Christof Rolker; 'Intermediate' and minor collections: the case of the Collectio Canonum Barberiniana, Kathleen G. Cushing; Poitevin manuscripts, the abbey of Saint-Ruf and ecclesiastical reform in the 11th century, Uta-Renate Blumenthal; Another re-examination of the council of Pisa, 1135, Robert Somerville; Marital consent in Gratian's Decretum, Anders Winroth; Crimina que episcopis inpingere dicis: the contribution of the Collectio Polycarpus to an early Ordo iudiciorum, Bruce C. Brasington; Margin and afterthought: the Clavis in action, Martin Brett; The origins of legal science in England in the 12th century: Lincoln, Oxford and the career of Vacarius, Peter Landau; 'My learned friend': professional etiquette in medieval courtrooms, James A. Brundage; Indexes.

About the Author/Editor

Dr Martin Brett is at Robinson College at the University of Cambridge, UK. Dr Kathleen G. Cushing is Senior Lecturer in Medieval History at Keele University, UK.

About the Series

Church, Faith and Culture in the Medieval West

Church, Faith and Culture in the Medieval West

The series Church, Faith and Culture in the Medieval West reflects the central concerns necessary for any in-depth study of the medieval Church - greater cultural awareness and interdisciplinarity. Including both monographs and edited collections, this series draws on the most innovative work from established and younger scholars alike, offering a balance of interests, vertically through the period from c.400 to c.1500 or horizontally across Latin Christendom. Topics covered range from cultural history, the monastic life, relations between Church and State to law and ritual, palaeography and textual transmission. All authors, from a wide range of disciplinary backgrounds, share a commitment to innovation, analysis and historical accuracy.

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HISTORY / General