Creating and Sharing Legal Knowledge in the Twelfth Century

Sankt Gallen, Stiftsbibliothek, 673 and Its Context


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The Decretum Gratiani is the cornerstone of medieval canon law, and the manuscript St Gallen, Stiftsbibliothek, 673 an essential witness to its evolution. The studies in this volume focus on that manuscript, providing critical insights into its genesis, linguistic features, and use of Roman Law, while evaluating its attraction to medieval readers and modern scholars.
Together, these studies offer a fascinating view on the evolution of the Decretum Gratiani, as well as granting new insights on the complex dynamics and processes by which legal knowledge was first created and then transferred in medieval jurisprudence.
Contributors are Enrique de León, Stephan Dusil, Melodie H. Eichbauer, Atria A. Larson, Titus Lenherr, Philipp Lenz, Kenneth Pennington, Andreas Thier, José Miguel Viejo-Ximénez, John C. Wei, and Anders Winroth.
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Stephan Dusil, Dr. iur. (Frankfurt, 2005), is Professor at Eberhard Karls Universität, Tübingen. He has published on different aspects of medieval history, including a book on the history of canon law: Wissensordnungen des Rechts im Wandel. Päpstlicher Jurisdiktionsprimat und Zölibat zwischen 1000 und 1215 (Leuven, 2018).
Andreas Thier, Dr. iur. (Munich, 1997), is Professor at the University of Zurich. He has published on the evolution of legal knowledge since late Antiquity, including "Semantiken des Alten, des Neuen und des Modernen im gelehrten kanonischen Recht" (ZRG KA, 2020).
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Part 1: Introducing the Debate

1 Exploring the Evolution of Legal Knowledge in the Middle Ages: The Manuscript Sankt Gallen, Stiftsbibliothek, 673 as Challenge and Chance
Andreas Thier

Part 2: The Origin of Sankt Gallen, Stiftsbibliothek, 673

2 The Codicology, the Palaeography, and the Glossing of Sankt Gallen, Stiftsbibiothek, 673 (Sg)
Philipp Lenz

Part 3: Creating Legal Knowledge

3 The Formation of Marriage according to the Sg-Codex = Sankt Gallen, Stiftsbibliothek, 673, 166–169
Enrique de León

4 The Uniqueness of Prima Causa in Sankt Gallen, Stiftsbibliothek, 673
Melodie H. Eichbauer

5 ‘aliis in carceribus et latumiis reclusis’, ‘aliis carcere et ergastulo reclusis’: Special Language Features in the Exserpta ex decretis sanctorum patrum and Their Interpretation
Titus Lenherr

6 A Miracle Story Allegedly in decretis Bonifacii pape
John C. Wei

Part 4: Sharing Legal Knowledge

7 Nota: What the Scribes of Sankt Gallen, Stiftsbibliothek, 673 Found Noteworthy in Gratian’s Decretum
Atria A. Larson

8 Teaching Canon Law in the Early Twelfth Century: The Evidence of Sankt Gallen, Stiftsbibliothek, 673
Kenneth Pennington

9 The Exserpta in the Origins of the Science of Canon Law
José Miguel Viejo-Ximénez

Part 5: Sg in Its Context

10 Sankt Gallen, Stiftsbibliothek, 673 in Context: Twelfth-Century Transformations and Abbreviations of Gratian’s Decretum
Anders Winroth

Part 6: Summarizing Observations

11 Sankt Gallen, Stiftsbibliothek 673: a Copy of Gratian’s Decretum at the Beginning of Decretistic Teaching. Fresh Perspectives, New Insights, and Open Questions
Stephan Dusil

Anyone working on the history of legal sources in the twelfth century, especially historians and legal historians, and those seeking to learn more about medieval canon law.
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