Marriage Advice for a Pope: John XXII and the Power to Dissolve

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Patrick Nold
BRILL, 2009 - Religion - 206 pages
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The Medieval Church taught that marriage was indissoluble and that consent was the key. Why then could a marriage be dissolved by one spouse joining a religious order after an exchange of consent but before consummation? This question vexed Thirteenth-century academics and, in the fourteenth century, Pope John XXII asked a group of leading theologians and lawyers to study the issue. Position-papers were produced to explain the exception to the rule of indissolubility for chaste monks and nuns, and to explore whether the pope had the power to extend it to celibate priests and deacons. These texts, edited here, were used by John XXII to draft his bull "Antique Concertationi" (1322). This study reconstructs the story behind the constitution, providing a unique insight into the decision-making process at the Roman curia in Avignon under a controversial pope.
 

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Contents

Preface
xi
Abbreviations
xv
PART ONE INTRODUCTION
xvii
an inexplicable exception
xx
an unresolved argument
xxxv
marriage poverty magic
lv
4 Introducing the experts
lxv
5 Conclusion
lxxxv
VII Dicta domini Arnardi Roiardi
89
VIII Idem Episcopus
99
IX Dicta domini Durandi
104
X Idem Episcopus
108
XI Dicta fratris Gregorii
110
XII Dicta fratris Hervei
115
XIII Dicta fratris Iohannis de Alesto
125
XIV Dicta fratris Iohannis de Neapoli
131

6 Postscriptum
xc
7 Manuscript description
xciii
8 Ratio editionis
xcvi
PART TWO EDITION
1
I Dicta fratris Vitalis de Furno
3
II Dicta fratris Bertrandi de Turre
23
III Dicta eiusdem domini Cardinalis
38
IV Dicta domini Gaucelmi Iohannis
52
V Dicta domini Bertrandi de Monte Faventino
71
VI Dicta domini Petri Textoris
82
XV Dicta fratris Iohannis de Reding
142
XVI Dicta magistri Iohannis Panhote
146
XVII Dicta fratris Roberti de Anglia
155
XVIII Dicta
160
XIX Frater Iohannes de Neapoli
163
Bibliography
189
Index Biblicus
197
Index of Medieval Authors and Texts
198
Index of Modern Authors
205
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Patrick Nold is Assistant Professor of History at the State University of New York at Albany.

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