Pope Urban IIs Council of Piacenza

Hardcover | November 20, 2011

byRobert Somerville

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The Council of Piacenza is among the most important moments of the Reform that was sweeping through the Western Church at the end of the eleventh century. It is often regarded as a launching pad for the First Crusade, though the matter is obscure and serves only to hide the assembly's truesignificance as a turning point in the papal schism between Popes Gregory VII/Urban II and the so-called anti-pope Clement III. The canons promulgated at Piacenza became landmarks not only for the eleventh- and twelfth-century Reform, but more broadly for the Church of the High Middle Ages and evenbeyond.Robert Somerville situates Piacenza in historical context, discusses the sources, the attendance, and the need for a new edition of the legislation. The official canons are lost, but several dozen twelfth-century manuscripts were consulted for a new edition of these provisions. The account finisheswith a commentary on Piacenza's legislation and a discussion of the subsequent legislation of Urban II's synods. Somerville completes the picture of what can be known about the papal synods of one of the most influential Roman pontiffs of the Middle Ages.

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The Council of Piacenza is among the most important moments of the Reform that was sweeping through the Western Church at the end of the eleventh century. It is often regarded as a launching pad for the First Crusade, though the matter is obscure and serves only to hide the assembly's truesignificance as a turning point in the papal sc...

Robert Somerville is a specialist in pre-modern Western Church history and canon law, especially of the eleventh through the thirteenth centuries, and is the author of many books and articles on Church history from the fourth through the sixteenth centuries. His book on Pope Urban II's Council of Piacenza (1095) forms a kind of trilog...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:208 pagesPublished:November 20, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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BibliographyPreface1. Pope Urban II's Council of Piacenza: Introduction2. Enactment, Circulation, and Survival of the Canons of PiacenzaAppendix I: English Translation of Bernold of Constance's description of the Council of PiacenzaAppendix II: Vagrant Canons3. The Historiography of the Canons of Piacenza4. The Transmission of the Canons of Piacenza (with an edition)5. Commentary on the Canons6. Legislation from the Councils of Urban II between Piacenza and Rome (April, 1099)Postscript

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Review from other book by this author: "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 ofthe MS devoted to Urban II ... Presented with great learning and clarity, this book will surely be of interest to all future students of the Gregorian Reform." --G.A. Loud, University of Leeds, The Historical Association