New Discourses in Medieval Canon Law Research offers a new narrative for medieval canon law history which avoids the pitfall of teleological explanations by taking seriously the multiplicity of legal development in the Middle Ages and the divergent interests of the actors involved. The contributors address the still dominant ‘master narrative’, mainly developed by Paul Fournier and enshrined in his magisterial
Histoire de collections canoniques. They present new research on pre-Gratian canon collection,
Gratian’s Decretum, decretal collections, but also hagiography, theology, and narrative sources challenging the standard account; a separate chapter is devoted to Fournier’s model and its genesis.
New Discourses thus brings together specialized research and broader questions of who to write the history of church law in the Middle Ages.
Contributors are Greta Austin, Katheleen G. Cushing, Stephan Dusil, Tatsushi Genka, John S. Ott, Christof Rolker, Danica Summerlin, Andreas Thier and John C. Wei.
Christof Rolker, Ph.D. (Cambridge, 2006), is professor for Historische Grundwissenschaften at the University of Bamberg. His numerous publications on medieval canon law include
Canon Law and the Letters of Ivo of Chartres (Cambridge University Press, 2010).
Table of contents
Abbreviations Notes on Contributors Introduction Christof Rolker and Andreas Thier
1 Fournier’s Model and Its Merits Christof Rolker
2 Law and Reform: The Transmission of Burchard of Worms’ Liber decretorum Kathleen G. Cushing
3 New Narratives for the Gregorian Reform Greta Austin
4 Clerical Networks and Canon Law: The Beauvais Election Controversy of 1100–04 John S. Ott
5 The Role of Hagiography in the Development of Canon Law in the Reform Era Tatsushi Genka
6 Of Scholasticism and Canon Law: Narratives Old and New John C. Wei
7 The Decretum of Gratian: A Janus-Faced Collection Stephan Dusil
8 Using the ‘Old Law’ in Twelfth-Century Decretal Collections Danica Summerlin
9 Canon Law before Gratian: A Bibliographical Appendix Christof Rolker
Anyone interested in medieval canon history or high medieval ecclesiastical history, especially intellectual history, legal history, history of the papacy.