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Papacy and Law in the Gregorian RevolutionThe Canonistic Work of Anselm of Lucca$
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Kathleen G. Cushing

Print publication date: 1998

Print ISBN-13: 9780198207245

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198207245.001.0001

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Conclusion: A Canonist of Reform

Conclusion: A Canonist of Reform

(p.142) Conclusion: A Canonist of Reform
Papacy and Law in the Gregorian Revolution

Kathleen G. Cushing

Oxford University Press

This chapter evaluates the significance of the collections of Anselm of Lucca. The discussion throughout the book has placed the Collectio canonum in the wider developments in canon law during the eleventh century. However, the integrity of the collection was not rigidly maintained in its own time. While unrelenting insistence upon absolute primacy was preserved, interpolations and other modifications to the internal ordering were made almost immediately. On one hand, these modifications demonstrate that the deficiencies of the collection as a practical, working compendium were apparent. On the other hand, they suggest that the strident tone and ideological inflexibility with which the collection was associated made its progressive abandonment certain. Still, Anselm’s collection stands as a concrete manifestation of the ways in which the reformers envisaged the law as a justification of reform.

Keywords:   Collectio canonum, Anselm, reform, modifications, canon law

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