Book Series Ecclesia militans, vol. 7

The Fourth Lateran Council and the Development of Canon Law and the ius commune

Andrea Massironi, Atria Larson (eds)

  • Pages: 331 p.
  • Size:156 x 234 mm
  • Language(s):English, French, Italian
  • Publication Year:2019

  • ISBN: 978-2-503-58301-3
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A collection of essays on the Fourth Lateran Council's place in the development of canon law and the ius commune


« L’une des forces de cet ouvrage est de mettre en valeur l’apport de la théologie au droit canonique et de ne pas s’en tenir aux seules sources juridiques du concile de Latran IV (aussi importantes qu’aient été celles-ci). Une autre est de faire une large place aux glossateurs et aux décrétalistes, ainsi qu’à la subtilité de leurs commentaires. Une dernière enfin, est d’interroger l’implémentation du droit canonique dans la société et l’acculturation juridique de celle-ci, un processus dans lequel Latran IV a peut-être marqué une étape fondamentale. » (Arnaud FOSSIER, dans Cahiers de civilisation médiévale, 249, 2020, p. 61)


Atria A. Larson is Assistant Professor in the Department of Theological Studies at Saint Louis University. She is author of Master of Penance: Gratian and the Development of Penitential Thought and Law in the Twelfth Century, and co-editor of A Companion to the Medieval Papacy: Growth of an Ideology and Institution.

Andrea Massironi is Assistant Professor in the Dipartimento di Giurisprudenza (School of Law) at the Università degli Studi di Milano-Bicocca. He is author of Nell'officina dell'interprete. La qualificazione del contratto nel diritto comune (secoli XIV-XVI) (2012) and of several essays about the ius commune.


This volume collects essays from an international group of scholars who treat various aspects of the Fourth Lateran Council's placement within the development of the ius commune. Topics include the canon law about armsbearing clergy, episcopal elections, heresy, degrees of affinity within marriage, the oversight of relic veneration; two essays highlight the council's reaction to the Fourth Crusade's sack of Constantinople in trying to incorporate the eastern church into the ecclesiastical structure and liturgical norms of the Roman Church; several essays concentrate on the usage of Roman or civil law in some of Lateran IV's constitutions and emphasize issues of private and procedural law. Collectively, and headed by an essay by Anne J. Duggan on the relationship of Pope Alexander III's pontificate to the Lateran IV constitutions, the essays create a fuller picture of Innocent III and his curia's reliance on developments within the jurisprudence of the preceding half century, but they also reveal the ways in which they forged new paths and made significant contributions to guide canon law in the years following the council.


Atria A. Larson & Andrea Massironi, Introduction

Part I: The Canon Law Background to the Fourth Lateran Council

Anne J. Duggan, The Ghost of Pope Alexander III: "Following Closely in the Footsteps of Pope Alexander, Our Predecessor of Good Memory, so Great is our Veneration for Him ..."

Lawrence G. Duggan, Armsbearing by the Clergy and the Fourth Lateran Council

Part II: Canon Law and Canonistic Jurisprudence for Regulating Clerics and the Liturgy

Thomas Izbicki, The Lateran Council and the Greeks: c.4 Licet Graecos

Steven A. Schoenig, S.J., The Popes and the Patriarchs: The Fifth Constitution of Lateran IV

Fabrice Delivré, Une constitution électorale : Théories et pratiques au miroir de Quia propter

Giles Constable, The Fourth Lateran Council’s Constitutions on Monasticism

Part III: Canon Law and Canonistic Jurisprudence for Governing the Faithful

Vito Piergiovanni, Eresia e lesa maestà nella normativa di Innocenzo III e nel Concilio Lateranense del 1215

Alejandro Morin, The Fourth Lateran Council’s Non debet (c. 50) and the Abandonment of the System of Derived Affinity

Christine Oakland, The Legacy of Canon 62 on Relics in the Diocese of Sens in Northern France (1215-1469)

Anthony Perron, Grave Concerns: Law, Miracles, and the Cemetry, 1100-1300

Part IV: The ius commune of Contracts, Rights, and Procedure

Piotr Alexandrowicz, Canon Plerique (c.56) of the Fourth Lateran Council within the Development of the Principle pacta sunt servanda

Lukasz Korporowicz, Roman Law Behind the Decrees 39-41 of the Fourth Lateran Council

Andrea Massironi, Prescrizione e buona fede acquisitiva: la costituzione Quoniam omne (c.41) nell’interpretazione della canonistica medievale

Giovanni Chiodi, La costruzione Qualiter et quando (c.8) e l’ordo inquisitionis nella canonistica medievale

Index of Legal Citations, Papal Letters and Important Texts

Index of Proper Names and Places

Index of Manuscripts