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The Apostolic Penitentiary in Local Contexts

Edited by Gerhard jaritz

Publication Year: 1930

The volume investigates the registers of fifteenth-century supplications to the Apostolic Penitentiary of the Holy See and presents an analysis of a multiplicity of issues in which a context of the local needs of Western Christians and the central power of the Pope occurred. The contributions make it clear that local and individual factors and the Christian faith and religion in practice must not be seen as separate from the global power of the Roman curia. The latter's influence could become directly important for any individual in any local space, even ...et usque ad ultimum terrae (Acts 1:8), in the utmost peripheries of the Christian world. It is shown that the assistance of the Apostolic Penitentiary was indispensable in a large variety of cases. Such cases were dealt with both in the local, regional space and in the globalized centre of the Holy See.

Published by: Central European University Press

Series: CEU Medievalia


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Title Page

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Copyright Page

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Table of Contents

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pp. v-vi

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pp. 1-3

The Apostolic Penitentiary and its role in, and for, late medieval society may be seen as one of the best examples of how specific local needs of clerics and laity of all social origins, and global authority, in this case the pope, was connected...

Local Needs in Global Contexts

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pp. 5-30

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Penitentiary Evidence and Local Archive Material: The Case of Upper Italy, 1438-1484

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pp. 7-18

The records of the Apostolic Penitentiary preserved in the supplication volumes at the Vatican Archives reflect only a single moment of a longer process of supplication and therefore they must be considered as an incomplete source for the study of this particular form of contact...

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Canon Law in Norway Illustrated by the Penitentiary Texts: An Example of a European Centre–Periphery Perspective

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pp. 19-30

The preserved text material from the protocols of the Apostolic Penitentiary Office is a rather late phenomenon as seen from a medievalist’s point of view. The section of these holdings normally referred to as the antique text collection, containing the supplications predating the...

Marriage and Sexual Conduct

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pp. 31-82

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Illegitimate Scots in the Registers of Supplications and the Registers of the Apostolic Penitentiary during the Pontificate of Sixtus IV (1471–1484)

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pp. 33-42

Despite distance and expense, Scottish clerics advanced thousands of supplications to the offices of the Apostolic Chancery, Datary, and Penitentiary during the Middle Ages. Their petitions, which concern a disparate variety of matters, constitute a significant addition to the sources...

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Diemunda and Heinrich – Married or Not? About a Marriage Litigation in the Consistorial Court of Freising in the Late Middle Ages

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pp. 43-59

The records of the Apostolic Penitentiary, kept in the Vatican Secret Archives, contain one entry concerning a German couple, Henricus de Empach and Dienia (or correctly, Diemunda2) de Empach, both from the diocese...

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Si Et in Quantum: The Role of Papal Dispensations in Matrimonial Contracts of Fifteenth-Century Ragusa

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pp. 61-69

Having in mind the evasive character of a valid matrimonial agreement in the pre-Tridentine period, the exceptionally elaborated system of registration and authentication of matrimonial contracts in respect to impediments set by canon law and dowry regulations set by common...

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Matrimonial Dispensation: How the Penitentiary Handled Cases of Impotence

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pp. 71-82

In this paper I have chosen one particular topic from the large field of matrimonial dispensations. Within the field of graces, absolutions, and dispensations asked for by men and women from all social contexts and every country between Poland and Portugal and across...

Vagrants and Apostates

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pp. 83-111

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...Monasterium Ipsum (Sie Licentia) Excavit: A Familiar Image for the Fifteenth-Century Dioceses of Passau and Salzburg?

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pp. 85-93

The phenomena of ‘stability’ and ‘mobility’ played an important role in any medieval discourse about monastic space. The highest number and largest variety, however, can be traced in the sources of the fifteenth century...

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Monk, Thief and Arsonist: The Adventurous Fate of a Runaway Religious

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pp. 95-111

Was it thoughtlessness, adventurous desire or a certain violent disposition? Half a millennium later we cannot know why a certain Johannes Opser (Oppseer/Opasser1), a Premonstratensian canon, escaped from the monastery of Weissenau in the diocese of Constance...

Local Needs in Threatened Lands

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pp. 113-121

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The Survival of the Catholic Church in Albania during the Period of Direct Contact with the Ottomans (1458–1484)

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pp. 115-122

The period between 1444 and 1468, in the Albanian historiography known as the epoch of Scanderbeg, was also the time of the Albanian wars against the Turks. Under the leadership of Gjergj Kastrioti Scanderbeg, the Albanians managed to resist the Ottoman attacks...

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The Official Papal Policy towards Bohemia and Moravia in the 1460s and Its Relation to the Penitentiary Office: the Case of Olomouc

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pp. 123-129

This study will concentrate on one minute problem of the religious and political development of the Czech lands which is connected to the post-Hussite period of the reign of George of Poděbrady and the revolt against this king of Bohemia. The religious situation during the Hussite...

Addresses of Contributors

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pp. 130-137

Back Cover

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p. 138-138

E-ISBN-13: 9786155211386
Print-ISBN-13: 9789637326837

Page Count: 138
Publication Year: 1930

Edition: 1st
Series Title: CEU Medievalia