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Assistant Professor of Medieval History & Assistant Director, Honors Program
Phone: (239) 590-1245
E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.orgOffice: MH 188
Research and Teaching Interests: Medieval Europe: legal history (the Ius commune, canon law, Roman law, secular law); ecclesiastical history (history of the papacy, history of Christianity, ecclesiology, Crusades, and Inquisition); religious culture (orthodoxy, saints, monasticism, heresy, and witchcraft); political culture (feudalism and the rise of the territorial state in England, France, and the Holy Roman Empire); Late Antiquity: Germanic Kingdoms; Early Modern Europe: Renaissance and Reformation.
Monograph in progress: The Concordia discordantium canonum and the Long Twelfth Century: Gratian amid an Age of Continuity and Change (provisional title)
This work examines the "long twelfth century" (c. 1050–c.1215) through the lens of canon law and places the Decretum within a broader dialogue. I pay particular attention to how the treatment of important themes, which Gratian augmented in stages, reflects continuity and change, which, by their very nature, are wedded to the problems of periodization. The work begins with an overview of the major eleventh and early twelfth-century collections that preceded the Decretum in order to understand the milieu in which Gratian worked and the sources upon which he relied. I consider two intertwining questions: periodization and the traditional reform paradigm equating reform with papal and imperial intransigence. Using the idea of tracts (a group of distinction or cases that addressed a specific and insular topic) and clusters (cases threaded together into a thematic unit) as the organizing principle, I will assess the extent to which the Decretum's early textual tradition engages with or synthesizes reform efforts. Gratian though never thought of his work as a finished product. The blocks of texts added illustrate the subjects which Gratian found necessary to augment when he expanded the Decretum. They can deviate entirely from the early tradition, take the discussion in a related direction, or reinforce the point made previously. An examination of these additions in conjunction with the commentary of the twelfth-century Decretists will highlight the extent to which the issues Gratian augmented reflect a shift in focus/concern at the time. Understanding that Decretum was the product of continuous updating allows us to reconsider the connection between Gratian, the canonists of the reform era, the Decretists, and the socio-political and intellectual climate.
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