Book Series Studies and Texts, vol. 137

The Collectio canonum Casinensis duodecimi saeculi (codex terscriptus)

Roger E. Reynolds (ed)

  • Pages: 129 p.
  • Size:160 x 235 mm
  • Language(s):English, English
  • Publication Year:2001

  • ISBN: 978-0-88844-137-9
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This volume is a study and 'implicit' edition of a twelfth-century collection of ecclesiastical law made in the ancient home of the Benedictine order, Montecassino. The importance of the collection is fourfold: (i) it is the last canonical collection written in the Beneventan script; (ii) it is a significant canonical collection deriving from the important early eleventh-century canonical {Collection in Five Books}, a collection compiled probably at Montecassino that spawned at least twenty-five derivative collections; (iii) its canons reflect both early eleventh-century reforming trends of the Ottonian and Salian emperors and later trends associated with the so-called Gregorian reformers; and (iv) it contains a number of canons applicable to Montecassino itself, several of which are known only from this manuscript. Moreover, the manuscript in which the collection is found is interesting codicologically because two texts written beneath the current text have been erased or palipsested to provide material for the canonical colleciton. Since many of the texts found in the collection have been published elsewhere, an 'implicit' edition has been provided, giving only the incipit or explicit of each canon, together with an identification of the source of the canon and where a published or manuscript version of the canon may be found. Indices of incipits and attributions of the canons in the collection, as well as a subject index, conclude the volume.