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AbstractThe councils from Hispania and Gallia are a rich depository that addressed the poor and poverty in the Gallic and Hispano-Roman/Suevic-Visigothic Councils, a topic that has not been explored adequately. For the first time a full consideration of the abundant conciliar evidence about...
AbstractThe continuity and recognition enjoyed by communities which identified themselves with notions condemned in fourth- and fifth-century church councils can be related to the concomitant and interrelated processes of consolidation of historiographic narratives about Christian synods, their...
AbstractThis article intends to prove that the first constitution of the IVth Lateran Council, Firmiter, is a direct source for Peire de Corbian’s Tesaur. This allows establishing a more sicure terminus post quem for this Provençal enyclopaedic poem (1215). The references in question affirm the...
AbstractThe principle of majority elections has been developed in canon law, especially in the area of episcopal und papal elections. The ecclesiastical majority principle has also shaped the forms of voting in secular law. Controversies concerning the system could easily arise, when members of...
AbstractThe protest of a single monk, the Jerusalem Abbot Sophronios against the union agreed in 633 between Patriarch Kyros of Alexandria and the opponents of the Council of Chalcedon is usually regarded as the beginning of the so-called monenergist-monothelete controversy. This protest against...
AbstractPriscillian and some of his followers were victims of synodal and state process procedures in which bishops acted as prosecutors and supporters of the death penalty imposed at Trier. The accusation was that the Priscillians were heretics (Manichaeans) and practiced maleficium, i.e....
AbstractDecisions at ecumenical councils required ‘unanimous’ consensus. This paper treats two councils, Constantinople III (680–81) and Constantinople IV (869–70), which issued decrees where the claim to unanimity was particularly contrived. Although the Acts of Constantinople III try to hide...
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