Archaeology of Frankish Church Councils, AD 511-768

Archaeology of Frankish Church Councils, AD 511-768

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Despite growing scepticism concerning the evidentiary value of normative legal sources, scholars continue to mine the legislative acts of ecclesiastical councils for insight into political, religious, and quotidian life in Frankish Gaul. Between the reigns of Clovis and Charlemagne (AD 511-768) at least eighty councils assembled, often on royal command, to discuss issues of concern to the episcopal and clerical attendees. Their published canons were intended to communicate ecclesiastical policy in the Frankish regnum. However, scholars have paid comparatively slight attention to the institution responsible for this body of legislation. This book remedies this lacuna by delineating the functions and modus operandi of the Frankish church council as an administrative body.as the regulation of the slave trade.83 A further benefit of encouraging royal involvement in conciliar processes was that it confirmed, in theory, the necessity of obeying canonical restrictions. The consensus of the episcopal participants ... Ecclesiastical legislation, royal edicts, compilations of Roman imperial law, and territorial law codes all possessed recognized legal value, and were composed or compiled with reference to one another. Canons recalled Roman and royal legislation, anbsp;...


Title:Archaeology of Frankish Church Councils, AD 511-768
Author: Gregory I. Halfond
Publisher:BRILL - 2010
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