Ways of Mercy

ab 19,90 

Bruce C. Brasington

The Prologue of Ivo of Chartres Edition and Analysis

ISBN 978-3-8258-7386-2
Band-Nr. 2
Jahr 2004
Seiten 176
Bindung broschiert
Reihe Vita regularis – Ordnungen und Deutungen religiosen Lebens im Mittelalter. Editionen


The Prologue to Bishop Ivo of Chartres‘ Decretum and
Panormia has long been recognized as a seminal text in medieval canon law.
It can be fairly called the first extended treatment of ecclesiastical
jurisprudence. In its attention to categories of law and context, it also
demonstrates the nascent scholastic method. This treatise on the tension
between rigor and mercy in judgment – and how they could be reconciled
through dispensation – spoke not only to legal and theological concerns of
the early twelfth century but also to enduring questions about the nature
and limits of ecclesiastical law. This study offers the first critical
edition of the text based not only on extensive examination of the
manuscripts but also the sources Ivo used in its composition. This enables
detailed examination of the text, which, from start to finish, reveals
conviction that love, caritas, was the essence of canon law.