Catholic Church canon law

Catholic Church canon law

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Hargrett Manuscripts
Creator: Catholic Church.
Title: Catholic Church canon law
Dates: 1300s
Quantity: 1.0 Linear feet (1 volume in vault)
Coll. Number: ms1173

Biographical/Historical Note

"Canon law is the body of laws and regulations made by or adopted by ecclesiastical authority, for the government of the Christian organization and its members." -- "Canon Law." Catholic Encyclopedia. New Advent. http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/09056a.htm (Retrieved October 28, 2009)


Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of a volume of Catholic canon law. Bound in heavy wooden boards covered with goatskin with traces of bosses, this Italian 14th century Canon Law of the Catholic Church is in Latin manuscript on paper, a 41 x 31 cm. folio. The watermark of the paper used in Part I is a standing dove with an olive branch of five twigs. The watermark of Part II seems to be an interwoven S. The folio volume consists of the following three parts: Part I) 228 leaves, a dictionary of Canon Law terms with their definitions and descriptions; Part II) 44 leaves, clarifications and distinctions of concepts pertaining to Canon Law; Part III) 3 leaves, table of contents for Part II. There are also 7 blank leaves between parts I and II, and the last leaf is blank; altogether the volume has 285 leaves. Written in at least two different hands in two columns, with many floriated red initials and capital strokes, the text is full of abbreviations and contractions. A Latin manuscript note inside the front cover reads "The name of the author is given nowhere in this book. It contains questions and resolutions of the Canon Law in alphabetic order. But because of extreme abbreviations it is hard to read. --The writing, or lettering, I would say, is from the middle of the 14th century." Another manuscript note describes the title of the two parts thus: Summula Juris Canonici et Johannis Andrea Distinctiones Decretalium.


Index Terms

Canon law--Dictionaries--Early works to 1800.
Canon law--Interpretation and construction.
Folio (book format).

General Notes

Summula Juris Canonici et Johannis Andrea Distinctiones Decretalium


Existence and Location of Originals note

This item is located in the Vault. Please contact Head of Manuscripts Department for access.


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Catholic Church canon law, 1300s. MS 1173. Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.