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Papal Jurisprudence c. 400: Sources of the Canon Law Tradition

Edited by: David L. d'Avray

ISBN13: 9781108472937
Published: December 2019
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Hardback
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In the late fourth century, in the absence of formal church councils, bishops from all over the Western Empire wrote to the Pope asking for advice on issues including celibacy, marriage law, penance and heresy, with papal responses to these questions often being incorportated into private collections of canon law. Most papal documents were therefore responses to questions from bishops, and not initiated from Rome. Bringing together these key texts, this volume of accessible translations and critical transcriptions of papal letters is arranged thematically to offer a new understanding of attitudes towards these fundamental issues within canon law. Papal Jurisprudence, c.400 reveals what bishops were asking, and why the replies mattered. It is offered as a companion to the forthcoming volume Papal Jurisprudence: Social Origins and Medieval Reception of Canon Law, 385–1234.

Ecclesiastical Law, Legal History
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1. Introduction
2. State of research: Caspar and after
3. Texts and manuscripts
4. Rituals and liturgy
5. Status hierarchy
6. Hierarchy of authority
7. Celibacy
8. 'Bigamy'
9. Marriage
10. Monks and the secular clergy
11. Heretics: Novatians, Bonosians, and Photinians
12. Heretics: in the shadow of St Augustine
13. Penance