Book Series Studies and Texts, vol. 159

Collectio Toletana

A Canon Law Derivative of the South-Italian 'Collection in Five Books'

Douglas Adamson, Roger E. Reynolds (eds)

  • Pages: 91 p.
  • Size:150 x 230 mm
  • Language(s):English, Latin
  • Publication Year:2008

  • ISBN: 978-0-88844-159-1
  • Hardback
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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 Ages.


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.