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John Ott
Portland State University (Portland, OR 97207-0751)
Scandal, Reform, and the Compilation of Canon Law in Eleventh-Century Reims

Research and preparation for editions and translations of two major documents on church and civil legal history in medieval France, the Apologia of Archbishop Manasses I of Reims (c. 1069-1080) and the legal collection Sinemuriensi produced at Reims in the 10th and 11th centuries.

This project examines the compilation of canon law in and around the episcopal city of Reims in the eleventh century, a time of dramatic change, institutional church reform, and local episcopal resistance. It focuses on two sources of considerable importance for the history of canon law and the medieval church: the Apologia of Archbishop Manasses I of Reims (c.1069-1080) and a widely disseminated legal collection known as Sinemuriensis. The Summer Stipend would support two months' archival research in France to examine and transcribe undigitized manuscripts of these texts, with the goal of better understanding how the law was created and employed in the dispute between Manasses and Pope Gregory VII. These legal sources afford valuable lessons about how local cultures and universalizing discourses intersect and overlap, and how their constituents communicate – or fail to communicate – their values to one another. Research will support a book project and several articles.

Project fields:
Legal History; Medieval History

Summer Stipends

Research Programs

$6,000 (approved)
$6,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
7/1/2019 – 8/31/2019