IMC 2007: Sessions

Session 1209: The Papal Penitentiary

Wednesday 11 July 2007, 14.15-15.45

Organiser:Peter Douglas Clarke, School of History, Welsh History & Archaeology, University of Wales, Bangor
Moderator/Chair:Richard Barrie Dobson, Centre for Medieval Studies, University of York
Paper 1209-aJean de Cros, Cardinal Penitentiary, and the Beginnings of the Great Schism
(Language: English)
Patrick Zutshi, University Library, University of Cambridge
Index terms: Canon Law, Daily Life, Ecclesiastical History
Paper 1209-bApostasy in the Penitentiary Records of the 15th Century: The Supplications of German-Speaking Religious
(Language: English)
Milena Svec Goetschi, Historisches Seminar, Universit├Ąt Z├╝rich
Index terms: Canon Law, Daily Life, Ecclesiastical History
Paper 1209-cClerical Violence in Late Medieval England and Wales
(Language: English)
Peter Douglas Clarke, School of History, Welsh History & Archaeology, University of Wales, Bangor
Index terms: Canon Law, Daily Life, Ecclesiastical History
Abstract

The Papal Penitentiary was the highest office in the later medieval Church concerned with matters of conscience. It granted absolution in cases that were reserved to the apostolic see, and it also issued dispensations and licences that were also a papal monopoly. The records of the papal penitentiary concern a wide range of issues, notably marriage, violence, monasticism and confession, and are of immense interest for religious, social and cultural history. The registers of this papal office first became available to researchers in 1983 and this session largely presents research based on this newly available source. The papers cover such matters as the outbreak of the Great Schism (1378), clerical violence and runaway religious.