Academic journal article The Catholic Historical Review

Die Konzilien Deutschlands Und Reichsitaliens, 1023-1059-Concilia Aevi Saxonici et Salici, MXXIII-MLIX

Academic journal article The Catholic Historical Review

Die Konzilien Deutschlands Und Reichsitaliens, 1023-1059-Concilia Aevi Saxonici et Salici, MXXIII-MLIX

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Die Konzilien Deutschlands und Reichsitaliens, 1023-1059-Concilia aevi Saxonici et Salici, MXXIII-MLIX. Edited by Detlev Jasper. [Monumenta Germaniae Histórica, Concilia, Tomus VIIL] (Hannover: Hahnsche Buchhandlung Verlag. 2010. Pp. xxiv, 463. euro90,00. ISBN 978-3775-25502-8.)

This latest volume in the MGH Concilia series covers church councils, synods, and assemblies from Mainz (1023) to the famous Lateran synod of Pope Nicholas II (1059). In keeping with the format of the series, Detlev Jasper has furnished a complete apparatus for each council, including handlists of all manuscripts containing published decrees, acta, or other surviving documentation. In addition, he has noted the relevant secondary literature; provided excerpts from indirect references to the councils contained in letters, annals, saints' lives, or other sources; and prefaced each with a brief overview of our state of historical knowledge concerning it. Full editions of the canons and their prologues, historical narratives of conciliar proceedings, and charters drawn up at the assemblies round out the contents. The end matter - consisting of textual incipits, biblical and literary citations, terminological index, and concordance - make the volume exceptionally easy to use.

In all, the volume includes forty-three assemblies. More than 60 percent were held in Italy. There was one held in France, and the remainder were held in German lands. Documentary evidence varies tremendously from council to council, and Jasper has included not only minor provincial synods (for example, Venice, 1040; Toul, 1056; and Fontane to d'Agogna, 1057) but also papal and imperial assemblies, some of which, by virtue of the broad transmission of their canons or decrees, approach something like "universal" status in the Latin Church (e.g., Rome, 1059). The collection makes clear that a council's wider influence did not necessarily correlate to its size or the number of dignitaries in attendance. The provincial synod of Seligenstadt (August 12, 1023) furnishes an excellent example. …

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