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Papal Jurisprudence c. 400 - pr_1718024

Papal Jurisprudence c. 400

Sources of the Canon Law Tradition

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In the late fourth century, in the absence of formal church councils, bishops from all over the Western Empire wrote to the Pope asking for advice on issues including celibacy, marriage law, penance and heresy, with papal responses to these questions often being incorportated into private collections of canon law. Most papal documents were therefore responses to questions from bishops, and not initiated from Rome. Bringing together these key texts, this volume of accessible translations and critical transcriptions of papal letters is arranged thematically to offer a new understanding of attitudes towards these fundamental issues within canon law. Papal Jurisprudence, c.400 reveals what bishops were asking, and why the replies mattered. It is offered as a companion to the forthcoming volume Papal Jurisprudence: Social Origins and Medieval Reception of Canon Law, 385-1234.

Product code: 9781108472937

ISBN 9781108472937
Publisher Cambridge University Press
No. Of Pages 310
Dimensions (HxWxD in mm) H235xW157xS22
These accessible translations of papal documents from Late Antiquity offer a new understanding of attitudes towards key religious issues within canon law. Most papal documents were responses to questions from bishops, and not initiated from Rome. Papal Jurisprudence, c.400 reveals what bishops were asking, and why the replies mattered.