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1 - Historical Survey

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  08 November 2019

Danica Summerlin
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University of Sheffield
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This chapter first introduces the 1179 Lateran Council and then situates it within the broader history of the papacy and medieval canon law in the twelfth century. It begins by outlining the events leading up to the council and its emergence as the resolution to a damaging schism between Pope Alexander III and Frederick Barbarossa. The chapter then provides a brief, accessible account of twelfth-century canon law and its relationship to papal government. The role played by the papacy and by local clerics in creating contemporary canon law is analysed, and an overview of current ideas and thoughts provided, including an – of necessity brief – interlude into the debates surrounding the appearance of the Decretum Gratiani in ca. 1140. The aim is to situate canon law in the history of Church government in the central Middle Ages, before moving on to discuss the nature and purpose of church councils and the twelfth–century legal theories upon which their authority rested.

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The Canons of the Third Lateran Council of 1179
Their Origins and Reception
, pp. 11 - 43
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Print publication year: 2019

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  • Historical Survey
  • Danica Summerlin, University of Sheffield
  • Book: The Canons of the Third Lateran Council of 1179
  • Online publication: 08 November 2019
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781316536209.002
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  • Historical Survey
  • Danica Summerlin, University of Sheffield
  • Book: The Canons of the Third Lateran Council of 1179
  • Online publication: 08 November 2019
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781316536209.002
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  • Historical Survey
  • Danica Summerlin, University of Sheffield
  • Book: The Canons of the Third Lateran Council of 1179
  • Online publication: 08 November 2019
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781316536209.002
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