Academic journal article The Catholic Historical Review

Documentazione Papale in Archivi Trentini Tra XII E XIII Secolo

Academic journal article The Catholic Historical Review

Documentazione Papale in Archivi Trentini Tra XII E XIII Secolo

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Eccher, Luciana (Ed.). Documentazione papale in archivi trentini tra XII e XIII secolo. [Annali dell'Istituto storico italo-germanico in Trento, Fonti, 9.] (Bologna: Società editrice il Mulino. 2010. Pp. 212. euro17,50 paperback. ISBN 978-8-815-13930-6.)

The relatively slender volume presents in chronological order all papal documents known to have survived in archives of the late-medieval diocese of Trent and for the period from the oldest preserved (privilege) of 1177 to 1296. Their total amounts to seventy-four items of which sixtyseven appear fully transcribed among the "Documenti" (pp. 65-164); the remaining seven figure only in brief Italian regests. The editor justifies their exclusion by stating that "of several documents ... a critical edition has been made recently, which renders a new one less than useful" (p. 61). An edition in accordance with current scholarly standards is indeed what Luciana Eccher has set out to accomplish, and the exhaustive presentation of each text as well as the generous inclusion of five "Apparati," or analytical indices (pp. 165-202), certainly support her claims to philological conscientiousness and accessibility.

Eccher' s introduction (pp. 10-61) highlights in the opening bibliographical section (pp. …

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