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The Treatise on Laws (Decretum DD. 1-20) with the Ordinary Gloss (Studies in Medieval and Early Modern Canon Law) (v. 2)

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  • Series: Studies in Medieval and Early Modern Canon Law
  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: The Catholic University of America Press (November 1, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 081320786X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0813207865
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.3 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #152,975 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Fr. Augustine Thompson, O.P. (born New York, 1954), is a Catholic priest of the Order of Preachers and Professor of History at the Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology and member of the Core Doctoral Faculty of the Graduate Theological Union, Berkleley CA. He holds a Ph.D in medieval history from the Univ. of California, Berkeley CA. Until 2009 he was Professor of Religious Studies and History at the Univ. of Virginia, Charlottesville VA. His books and publications focus on medieval Italy and medieval religious history.

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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 4, 1999
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The Decretum or Harmony of Discordant Canons is a compilation of extracts from Church councils, Church fathers, and other ecclesiastical authorities. Compiled in the first half of the twelfth century by Gratian, probably a monk and teacher of canon law at the famous law school of Bologna, it remains one of the most important collections in the history of law. The first 20 sections, translated in this work, comprise a treatise on law in general and contain a discussion of the nature of law, voluntary action, and the power of popes, bishops, and secular authorities. Accompanying the text of Gratian is a translation of the so-called "Ordinary Gloss," a commentary on the text that took its final form in the 13th century and was usually found around the margins of the text, just as it is presented here. An introduction places the Treatise in its historical context, notes critical difficulties, and explains the methods of those who commented on it. This is the first English translation of a sizable part of the Decretum and will be of great interest not only to scholars and students of Church law, but also to students of secular law, theology, philosophy, history, and political theory.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By J. Skees on January 11, 2007
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Gratian's contribution to jurisprudence cannot be underestimated. This selection of Gratian's work, translated into English, shows how Roman and canon law merged in the 12th century to create an even more vibrant and comprehensive view of the law and its function in human society. In fact, this may be the only extant English translation of Gratian's treatise on laws.

This particular book is useful because it presents Gratian in much the same way that canonists and legal scholars would have read him from the High Middle Ages onward- surrounded by the standard gloss running around the sides of the main text. This form of commentary has since fallen out of fashion, but if you buy this book you will see why it was such a valuable way to carry on and develop the ideas in the main text.

An invaluable addition to any lawyer's, judge's, canonist's, or philosopher's library.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By D. Misal on April 13, 2012
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Even if you are not a major student of legal history, Gratian's work provides a stellar window into the workings of the 12th century mind, as well as the society itself - the problems it was facing, how it resolved issues, etc. This is a must-have book for legal scholars, but also for anyone interested in the world of the European Middle Ages.
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