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Papal Justice in the Late Middle Ages: The Sacra Romana Rota

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ISBN13: 9781472482266
Published: April 2016
Publisher: Ashgate Publishing Ltd
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Hardback
Price: £95.00



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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.

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Subjects:
Ecclesiastical Law, Legal History
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 Mynamaki

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