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IMC 2023: Sessions

Session 605: Clavis Canonum, II

Tuesday 4 July 2023, 11.15-12.45

Sponsor:Monumenta Germaniae Historica, München / Clavis canonum Project
Organiser:Danica Summerlin, Department of History, University of Sheffield
Moderator/Chair:Christof Rolker, Institut für Geschichtswissenschaften und Europäische Ethnologie, Otto-Friedrich-Universität Bamberg
Paper 605-aCanon Law and Theology before the Concept of 'Theology'
(Language: English)
David L. D'Avray, Department of History, University College London
Index terms: Canon Law, Ecclesiastical History, Theology
Paper 605-bCanon Law in Early Medieval Italian Hagiography, c. 600-800
(Language: English)
Abner Chacon, Department of History, Saint Louis University, Missouri
Index terms: Canon Law, Ecclesiastical History, Hagiography, Manuscripts and Palaeography
Paper 605-cThe Clavis Canonum Database: New Perspectives for the Study of Jewish Medieval History
(Language: English)
Amélie Sagasser, Hochschule für Jüdische Studien Heidelberg
Index terms: Canon Law, Computing in Medieval Studies, Hebrew and Jewish Studies, Manuscripts and Palaeography

These two sessions explore how digital tools, in particular the Clavis canonum database and now the Clavis Wiki ( can help to understand both individual canonical collections and long-term legal change. While digital tools and the availability of digital copies of manuscripts have facilitated research, the workflow and methods have changed so profoundly that new questions can be asked, and new answers found, to traditional problems of canon law history. This includes the question of what 'canon law' was before the 12th century, when 'law' and 'theology' developed into distinct academic fields.