Book Series Studies and Texts, vol. 185

The Collectio Burdegalensis

A Study and Register of an Eleventh-Century Canon Law Collection

Kriston R. Rennie

  • Pages: 248 p.
  • Size:150 x 230 mm
  • Language(s):English
  • Publication Year:2014

  • ISBN: 978-0-88844-185-0
  • Hardback
  • Available


Kriston R. Rennie is a Senior Lecturer in Medieval History at the University of Queensland. He holds degrees from the University of Lethbridge (BA), the University of St Andrews (MLitt), King's College London (PhD), and the Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies in Toronto (Licentiate in Mediaeval Studies). He specializes in church councils, canon law, and the history of papal legation, with a particular interest in France during the eleventh and twelfth centuries. He is the author of The Foundations of Medieval Papal Legation (Palgrave Macmillan, forthcoming 2013) and Law and Practice in the Age of Reform: The Legatine Work of Hugh of Die (1073-1106) (Brepols, 2010), in addition to numerous articles and book reviews.


"The Collectio Burdegalensis is an important example of a late eleventh-century, regional collection of canon law. While specialists have long known of the Bordeaux collection, they have until now accorded it scant attention. Kriston Rennie’s new edition, the first, reveals its considerable value to scholars concerned with the process of ecclesiastical reform, the history of church councils, the activity of papal legates, and the transmission and compilation of legal texts in the age before Gratian. The author has furnished a complete register of the canons together with a thorough introduction to its historical context. Rennie’s work admirably links the Collectio to the wider social, cultural, and political forces which produced it, mutually enriching the fields of canon law and ecclesiastical history. It deserves our attention."

John S. Ott, Portland State University.