Academic journal article The Catholic Historical Review

Die Rotamanualien Des Basler Konzils: Verzeichnis der in Den Handschriften der Basler Universitatsbibliothek Behandelten Rechtsfalle

Academic journal article The Catholic Historical Review

Die Rotamanualien Des Basler Konzils: Verzeichnis der in Den Handschriften der Basler Universitatsbibliothek Behandelten Rechtsfalle

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Die Rotamanualien des Basler Konzils: Verzeichnis der in den Handschriften der Basler Universitatsbibliothek behandelten Rechtsfalle. By Hans-Jorg Gilomen. (Tubingen: Max Niemeyer Verlag. 1998. Pp. xxxix. 1336.)

Early in its long history, sitting in one ft)rm or another from 1431 to 1449, the Council of Basel established its own bureaucracy. This inventory of documentary resources is focused on one of the most controversial aspects of the council, its undertaking judicial business which might otherwise have been taken by litigants to the Roman curia. This inventory of documentary sources preserved by conciliar notaries builds on previous work by Erich Meuthen. The brief introduction discusses the Roman Rota and its counterpart at Basel. Included are descriptions of the manuscripts employed in this work. The section detailing the abbreviated Latin forms employed should be read with care, and a bookmark should be placed in the table of abbreviations. Equally, interested scholars should brush up their knowledge of late-medieval legal procedure.

The registers making up the body of the work are, in order, a list of the cursores, roughly rendered here as court ushers, more general items of judicial business (in omnibus causis), the individual cases or Causae themselves, listed alphabetically by the geographic location from which they arose, and a brief supplement to the Causae listing two cases without specified location (sine dioc. …

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