A Canon Law Derivative of the South-Italian 'Collection in Five Books'
, R. E. Reynolds (eds.)
VIII+91 p., 150 x 230 mm, 2008
Languages: English, Latin
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This study of Santa Maria del Gualdo Mazzocca, a Benedictine
priory, and then abbey, directly dependent upon the papacy, offers
a remarkable glimpse into the nature of monastic life in the Middle
This book contains a study and a critical implicit edition of an
eleventh-century canon law collection based on the Collection
in Five Books and the famous Decretum of Burchard of
Worms. The Collectio Toletana is one of at least 25
derivative collections based on the Collection in Five
Books. Scholars have long been urged to channel their energies
toward the major early canon law collections, as opposed to minor
and derivative collections. However, a partial edition of a text
such as the one produced here can still be justified on several
grounds. Both the Collection in Five Books and its
derivatives exercised great influence in canonistic studies well
into the twelfth century. Derivative texts should also assist in
reconstructing and controlling an edition of the original. Finally,
editions and studies of derivatives will help reveal the existence
of manuscripts of the Collection and variants thereof that
were available in the eleventh century.