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748BOOK REVIEWS and priests in the care of the young. An excellent illustration of many of Finucane 's conclusions is provided by a full translation of the drowning and revival of Joanna of Marden found in the canonization record of Thomas Cantilupe, probably the best documented such report. In sum, this volume represents a good example of the high demands of meticulous scholarship, combined with the engrossing narration of the kind of local history which can bring us closer to the traumas and joys of medieval peasant society. Michael Goodich University ofHaifa Die Register Innocenz' III. 7. Band: 7. Pontifikatsjahr, 1204/1205. Texte und Indices. Edition supervised by Othmar Hageneder. Edited by Andrea Sommerlechner and Herwig Weigl, together with Christoph Egger and Rainer Muraurer. (Vienna: Verlag der Österreichischen Akademie der Wissenschaften. 1997. Pp. lxvii,495. 1590,00 öS paperback.) With the appearance of the volume under review this definitive editorial project presents the enregistered correspondence for an interesting chronological slice in the history of Innocent ILTs pontificate. Excepting three missives from September, 1203, the letters range between late February, 1204, and mid-February , 1205. All in all, 231 registered letters and documents are presented here with detailed commentary. The edited portion of the register was transcribed from folios 134-203 of Cod. Reg. Vat. 5. In their introduction to the manuscript (pp. vii-xvi) the editors present an exhaustive survey of codicological and paleographical information. A short list of the topics includes the average size and number of lines of written text per sheet, the various numberings of the folios and letters, the system of rubrication, titular formulae of addressees, the coloring of a letter's initial, a brief description of four marginal illustrations, and a discussion of other marginalia which seem often to mark individual letters considered by later scribes or readers as important. For example, twenty-five letters have marginal notations of the tituli wherein they would later be located in the Gregorian Decretals . The scribes themselves also come under scrutiny; almost all (226) of the letters were written by two different scribes; the five remaining were written by three other hands. Finally, the editors briefly discuss those manuscript indications which reveal whether original letters or concept drafts formed the archetype for registration. The introduction to the edition (pp. xvi-lxvii) briefly discusses the two prior printed editions of de Bréquingy/La Porte du Theil (Paris, 1791) and Migne.PZ, Vol. 215 (Paris, 1855). In the edition under review it is claimed that paleographical data from the Reg. Vat. 5 ms. will permit additional dating information for the stages whereby many letters were copied into the register. Especially noteworthy here is the manner whereby the two main scribes alternated while BOOK REVIEWS749 working on the main register and the special register on the German throne controversy. To their explication of editorial policies and conventions the editors append a bibliography of utilized editions or analyses of decretal collections (pp. xx-xxi), tables of letters sorted by scribe and lubricator (pp. xxi-xxii), a concordance of letter numeration according to the new edition and to the Migne edition (p. xxii), a bibliography of secondary literature (pp. xlvlxvii ), and tables of stages for the registration of letters by individual scribes (pp. xxiii-xxxvii), of expansions to abbreviated epistolary formulae (pp. xxxviii-xliii), and of bibliographical abbreviations (pp. xliii-xlviv). Restrictions of space in this review allow only the most summary comments regarding the letters themselves. In some Innocent merely responds to his correspondents ' specific questions regarding law or ritual observance. He dispenses advice on the settlement of a matrimonial case (#38), the proper observance of fasting on the vigil of feast days (#150), the extent of exemption from episcopal jurisdiction provided by certain types of letters of papal protection (#177), or the suitability for holy orders of an inadvertent parricide (#73). In a long reply (#169) to an English bishop the pope is obliged to give detailed answers in six separate matters. In other correspondence Innocent confirms the physical transfer of an Italian episcopal see from one place to another (#24), and asks an archbishop to agree to move a Hungarian priory (#57). Several letters (#320-321, 191) detail both...

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ISSN
1534-0708
Print ISSN
0008-8080
Pages
pp. 748-750
Launched on MUSE
2016-10-05
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No
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