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Canon Law and the Letters of Ivo of Chartres

ISBN13: 9780521766821
Published: March 2010
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Hardback
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Ivo of Chartres was one of the most learned scholars of his time, a powerful bishop and a major figure in the so-called 'Investiture Contest'. Christof Rolker here offers a major new study of Ivo, his works and the role he played in the intellectual, religious and political culture of medieval Europe around 1100 AD. Comparing Ivo’s extensive correspondence to the contemporary canon law collections attributed to him, Dr Rolker provides a new interpretation of their authorship. Contrary to current assumptions, he reveals that Ivo did not compile the Panormia, showing that its compiler worked in a distinctly different mental framework from Ivo. These findings call for a reassessment of the relationship between Church reform and scholasticism and shed new light on Ivo as both a scholar and bishop.

Legal History
1. Ivo of Chartres - 'life and letters'?
2. Canon law before Ivo
3. Collections known to or compiled by Ivo
4. The canon law in Ivo's correspondence
5. Hierarchies of authority: Ivo's views on divine law and the ecclesiastical hierarchy
6. The laws of marriage: 'quod et natura disposuit, et lex tam ecclesiastica quam mundana firmavit'
7. Ivo's Decretum and the Panormia: character, receptions, authorship
8. Ivo's pastoral canon law and his place in legal history
A concordance table for the quotations in Ivo's letters