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Canon law

Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
Scope Note: Here are entered general works on canon law and works on the canon law of the Catholic Church

Found in 20 Collections and/or Records:

A collection of canonical maxims from Boniface VIII's De Regulis Iuris, mid/late 14th-early 15th century

Identifier: MS 182/f. 25r-v
Scope and Contents A collection of 56 legal maxims in latin over two pages, from the book of canonical law De Regulis Iuris, promulgated in 1298 by Pope Boniface VIII. It starts with rule 33, 'Mutare consilium quis non potest in alterius detrimentum' ('No one can change his mind (intention) at the expense of another'), and ends with rule 88, 'Certum est quod is committit in legem, qui legis verba complectens, contra legis...
Dates: mid/late 14th-early 15th century

Abbreviated Decretum Gratiani, by Gratian, early 14th century

Identifier: MS 139/ ff. 1r-7v
Contents MS 139 contains an abbreviated version of a work on canon law by the mid-12th century canon lawer and teacher, Gratian. Gratian's original work, a text that organised and compiled various sources and teachings on canonical law, was completed in a second version in the 1150s, a decade after the work first appeared. Due to its practical use for teaching on canon law, this second version of Gratian's work became widely copied and read in the medieval period, and is known as the 'Decretum...
Dates: early 14th century

Collection of Canon Law texts , 1496

Identifier: MS 208/ff.168r-172r
Contents This section contains a miscellaneous collection of Canon Law texts and is titled Extracta a Canone videlicet decretis, Causa quarta, questione iii. It starts on f. 168r and contains 17 titles. After a Tabula, the text begins with the words Quid vir in excommunicatione constitutus.This section ends on f. 172r with the words sed potius est ethica quam composilio, et...
Dates: 1496

Constitutiones Clementinae [incomplete] by Pope Clement V, early 14th century

Identifier: MS 139/ ff. 104r-109r
Contents The last folios in MS 139, ff. 104r-109r, appear to be a shortened version of the early 14th-century document of canon law, the Constitutiones Clementinae, the 'Clementine Constitutions' produced by Pope Clement V. Given the dating of MS 139 to the early 14th century, such quick dissemination of Clement V's text, evidenced by its presence in this manuscript perhaps attests to its immediate identifiction as an influential document of medieval canon law. The text...
Dates: early 14th century

Excerpt from the Rosella casuum by Battista Trovamala, early 16th century

Identifier: MS 114/ff. 19v-24v
Contents This passage on caritas (charity) is taken from the manual known as Rosella casuum, a handbook of moral theology which contained several examples of the correct application of provisions of canon law. The manual was written by the Franciscan friar Baptista Trovamala (or Baptista de Salis), active in Northern Italy between the end of the 14th and the beginning of the 15th century, and it was conceived especially for the spiritual...
Dates: early 16th century

Excerpt on the third evil of the clergy from De Pluralitate Beneficiorum, by John of Legnano, c 1455

Identifier: MS 138/ff. 252r-256v
Contents This section contains an excerpt from De Pluralitate Beneficiorum by John of Legnano about the third evil of the clergy. It starts on f.252r with the words Tertium malum est and ends on f.256v with qui est malus clericus.
Dates: c 1455

Excerpts from the Summa Rosella casuum, the Summa Angelica and the Summa Silvestrina, early 16th century

Identifier: MS 114/ff. 100r-311v
Contents This section of the manuscripts gathers a series of excerpts on the sacraments (for example, on confession, absolution, the anointing of the sick, etc.) and on the seven deadly sins, drawn from three important handbooks of moral theology. These handbooks contain a series of rules and several examples of the correct application of provisions of canon law.The work most cited in the manuscript is the Rosella casuum, which was written by the Franciscan friar...
Dates: Majority of material found within early 16th century

Fragments of the Decretals of Pope Gregory IX, early 14th century

Identifier: MS 211/XXXIII
Scope and Contents Cropped leaves from the Decretals of Pope Gregory IX, with the text and also a marginal commentary. On f. 1r the text begins with De Officio Judicis. Ex litteris vestris accepimus…from Book I, Section XXXII. On f. 1v, the text proper ends with civitas caperetur Constantinopolis, which is from Section XXXIII, Chapter VIII. On f. 2-3 there is Book II. The text begins on f. 2r with Section VI, Chapter VIII, ...
Dates: early 14th century

Fragments of the Gratian Decretals, possibly English, 13th century

Identifier: MS 211/XXXI
Scope and Contents Two leaves from a copy of the Gratian Decretals. These two leaves contain some text from this work, and many marginal notes around the text itself. The notes may be part of a 13th commentary on Gratian's Decretals. A cornerstone of medieval canon law, the Decretals are divided into three parts, the second of which is made up of 36 'causes' which are further divided into questions dealing with the ecclesiastical administration and marriage. In the 33rd cause specifically, the third question is...
Dates: 13th century

MS 140: Summa Super Titulis Decretalium [incomplete], by Geoffrey of Trani, 14th century

Identifier: MS 140
Contents This manuscript contains a section of a text by 13th century Italian jurist, Geoffrey of Trani. The text found in part in MS 140 is Trani's most famous work, theSumma super titulis decretalium. It is a summary of the Decretals of Gregory IX, an extremely influential text on canon law produced under the direction of Pope Gregory IX in the 1230s, a few decades before the career of Geoffrey of Trani. The copy of Trani's work...
Dates: 14th century