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The Making of Gratian's Decretum

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This book offers new perspectives on the legal and intellectual developments of the twelfth century. Gratian's collection of church law, the Decretum, was a key text in these developments and remained a fundamental work throughout and beyond the Middle Ages. Until now, the many mysteries surrounding the creation of the Decretum have remained unsolved. Professor Winroth has ...more
Hardcover, 268 pages
Published February 15th 2005 by Cambridge University Press (first published November 22nd 1996)
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Jun 06, 2008 John rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: specialists in medieval law
A classic work of medieval legal history, this book forms the starting point for all modern research on Gratian. Through a careful examination of manuscript variants, Winroth demonstrates the existence of two recensions of Gratian's Decretum: the longer version that scholars have long known and studied, and a shorter version preserved in several medieval manuscripts. Based upon key differences between the two recensions of the Decretum, Winroth argues that the rediscovery of Roman law in Italy o ...more
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