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Corpus Iuris Canonici
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Now in common use, since 1580 Corpus Iuris Canonici (“collection of canon law”) has been the official designation of a compilation of ecclesiastical legal collections and law codes from circa 1140 to the end of the 15th century. The Corpus Iuris Canonici is the official summary of older canon-law measures (Latin, canones) adapted during the age of “classic canon law” (1140-1350) and of new law created for the Catholic Church by papal replies to legal inquiries (decretals). It consists of five works: the D…

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Weitzel, Jürgen, “Corpus Iuris Canonici”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 24 September 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_018140>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20170206



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