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Canon Law and the Letters of Ivo of Chartres
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Ivo of Chartres was one of the most learned scholars of his time, a powerful bishop and a major figure in the so-called 'Investiture Contest'. Christof Rolker here offers a major new study of Ivo, his works and the role he played in the intellectual, religious and political culture of medieval Europe around 1100 AD. Comparing Ivo's extensive correspondence to the contemporary canon law collections attributed to him, Dr Rolker provides a new interpretation of their authorship. Contrary to current assumptions, he reveals that Ivo did not compile the Panormia, showing that its compiler worked in a distinctly different mental framework from Ivo. These findings call for a reassessment of the relationship between Church reform and scholasticism and shed new light on Ivo as both a scholar and bishop.


'Christof Rolker provides for the first time a truly comprehensive examination of the letters' [of Ivo of Chartres] transmission. This, however, is only one of this outstanding work's achievements. For Rolker also re-assesses the state of canon law and theology in northern France at the beginning of the twelfth century and Ivo's role in the creation of a distinct canonistic jurisprudence … I recommend this volume to any student of medieval life around 1100.'

Bruce Brasington Source: The Medieval Review

'The author presents a painstaking and detailed study of the sources and the inter-relationship of the principal works attributed to Ivo: the Tripartita, Decretum, Panormia and Prologus. … Rolker does clearly give the state of the question on Ivo's canonical works, provides a fuller context for these works, and shines a brighter light on these sources, and it is in just this way that Ivo's letters prove most valuable.'

Becket Soule Source: Ecclesiastical Law Journal

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