IMC 2012: Sessions

Session 1611: Transformation and Stability: Canon Law through the Centuries

Thursday 12 July 2012, 11.15-12.45

Organisers:Miriam Czock, Fakultät für Geisteswissenschaften, Universität Duisburg-Essen
Christof Rolker, Exzellenzcluster 'Kulturelle Grundlagen von Integration', Universität Konstanz
Moderator/Chair:Miriam Czock, Fakultät für Geisteswissenschaften, Universität Duisburg-Essen
Paper 1611-aThe Right Mix: Distributing Canon Law Collections in Early Medieval Bavaria
(Language: English)
Sven Meeder, Onderzoekinstituut voor Geschiedenis en Cultuur (OGC), Universiteit Utrecht
Index terms: Archives and Sources, Canon Law
Paper 1611-bCanons, Letters, and Local Clerics: Changing and Creating Law in the Later 12th Century
(Language: English)
Danica Summerlin, Queens' College, University of Cambridge
Index terms: Archives and Sources, Canon Law

Our understanding of medieval canon law is still fragmentary although great advances were made during the last few years. One thing that always baffles us about medieval law is its apparent unchangeability (as perceived by modern scholars as well as claimed by medieval authors themselves). The idea of its inalterability is challenged especially by new editions of texts. They make us aware of the subtle changes made with nearly every copy of a corpus of canon law texts. The proposed session will provide examples for the creation, tradition, and reception of canon law during the early to high Middle Ages in different European regions in order to shed some light on changes and continuities. The main questions we want to tackle are: which changes were made? Can we discern reasons why these changes were made? If there are no textual changes, are there other changes made such as systematic changes altering the text altogether?