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IMC 2015: Sessions

Session 1717: Canon Law, VII: Testing the Boundaries of Theology and Canon Law in the Later Middle Ages

Thursday 9 July 2015, 14.15-15.45

Sponsor:Iuris Canonici Medii Aevi Consociatio (ICMAC)
Organiser:Danica Summerlin, Department of History, University College London
Moderator/Chair:Danica Summerlin, Department of History, University College London
Paper 1717-aThe Ordered Universe as Principle of Reform in the Works of Robert Grosseteste
(Language: English)
Sigbjørn Olsen Sønnesyn, Independent Scholar, Voss
Index terms: Canon Law, Manuscripts and Palaeography, Theology
Paper 1717-bLearned Law and Reformation in Wesenbecius's Works from Leuven to Wittenberg, 1531-1586
(Language: English)
Emmanuël Falzone, Centre de droit privé, Université catholique de Louvain, Louvain-la-Neuve
Index terms: Canon Law, Theology

The boundary between theology and canon law was always thin in the medieval period, and arguably did not exist until well into the 13th century. The relationship between the two was not just in the minds of scholars, but also in the development of legal procedure and, in turn, in theological approaches. By investigating the interaction between canon law and theology in the later Middle Ages, during a time when the two were theoretically distinct but overlapped in practice, this session will investigate the intricacies of that relationship and how it functioned after the appearance of separate schools of theology and canon law.