Book Series Corpus Christianorum Continuatio Mediaevalis, vol. 216


Constitutiones quae vocantur Ordinis Praemonstratensis

Marvin L. Colker (ed)

  • Pages: 183 p.
  • Size:155 x 245 mm
  • Illustrations:2 b/w
  • Language(s):Latin, English
  • Publication Year:2008

  • ISBN: 978-2-503-05161-1
  • Hardback
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"Un document très précieux pour l'histoire des chanoines réguliers au moyen âge."

(D. Misonne, Revue bénédictine, 118, 2008, p. 394)

"Une édition bienvenue, qui s'ajoute à la courte liste des coutumiers canoniaux publiés."

(J.-L. Lemaître, Revue d'histoire de l'église de France, 94, 2008, p. 421)

 "It goes without saying that the edition itself is of the highest standard and its production of he calibre always associated with this series." (B. Golding, in: The Journal of Ecclesiastical History, Volume 60/3, July 2009, p. 578-579)

"(...) a painstakingly accurate, erudite, useful, and useable edition." (B. Venarde, in: The Medieval Review, 10.06.30)


The present publication is the first printing of Constitutiones quae vocantur Ordinis Premonstratensis. The text is preserved uniquely in Trinity College Dublin manuscript 10810 of circa 1200.  This manuscript with its rather frequent modifications, affords a rare view of a religious code in transition. The manuscript offers a valuable picture of the life of medieval canons. The work is rich in details about the duties of those holding positions of responsibility, about religious obligations and punishments,  reading, clothes, food and drink, courtesy, and looking after the sick. Much attention is given to the schooling and behaviour of the young. An extensive introduction discusses the group of canons for whom the Constitutiones was intended, and examines the manuscript and characteristics of the text like vocabulary.


Constitutiones — Constitutiones quae vocantur Ordinis Praemonstratensis (e codice Collegii Sanctae Trinitatis Dublinensis 10810) — ed. M. Colker