Title

Editorial concerns in the Ivonian Panormia: The case of repetitious canons in book 8

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2003

Publication Title

Zeitschrift der Savigny-Stiftung für Rechtsgeschichte, Kanonistiche Abteilung

Department

Religion

Abstract

This article investigates the characteristics and function of Book 19 of Burchard's Decretum. It demonstrates how the penitential questionnaire, usually considered the most original part of this text, was the result of Burchard's systematic expansion upon his main source, Regino of Prüm. It argues that Book 19 was not a conventional penitential, to be used to support the administration of penance by priests, but rather that it was meant to be both an exemplary penitential and a summary of the preceding eighteen books. Burchard thus sought to ensure there was no contradiction between his collection of canon law and his penitential.

ISSN

0323-4142