Pope Urban II, the Collectio Britannica, and the Council of Melfi (1089)

Hardcover | April 1, 1996

byRobert Somerville, Stephan Kuttner

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The reign of Pope Urban II (1088-1099) is often seen as a turning point in the period of medieval history known as the Gregorian Reform. This volume presents for the first time modern editions of, and commentary on, the decrees of Urban's first papal council (at Melfi in 1089), and theexcerpts of his acts found in the enigmatic canon-law book labelled the Collectio Britannica. Both editions are accompanied by English translations of the Latin texts. The two sets of texts make up a substantial proportion of the known documents produced by Pope Urban's chancery in the first yearand a half of his pontificate, a time of particular tension in the medieval Church. This volume thus provides a hitherto unavailable critical basis for evaluating the early period of his reign, as well as a new assessment of the preservation and diffusion of his acts and of the Britannica.

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The reign of Pope Urban II (1088-1099) is often seen as a turning point in the period of medieval history known as the Gregorian Reform. This volume presents for the first time modern editions of, and commentary on, the decrees of Urban's first papal council (at Melfi in 1089), and theexcerpts of his acts found in the enigmatic canon-...

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The reign of Pope Urban II (1088-1099) is often seen as a turning-point in the period of medieval history known as the Gregorian Reform. This volume presents for the first time modern editions of, and commentary on, the decrees of Urban's first papal council (at Melfi in 1089), and the excerpts of his acts found in the enigmatic canon-...

Robert Somerville is a Professor of Religion and History at Columbia University, New York.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:340 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.98 inPublished:April 1, 1996Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0198205694

ISBN - 13:9780198205692

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a valuable study of some important evidence for the early years of this pontificate, and for its significance in the development of canon law ... Somerville has now produced an exhaustive edition and translation of, and commentary upon, the section of the MS devoted to Urban II ... Presentedwith great learning and clarity, this book will surely be of interest to all future students of the Gregorian Reform.