The Apostolic Penitentiary in Local Contexts

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978-963-7326-83-7
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2007
138 pages

The volume investigates the registers of fifteenth-century supplications to the Apostolic Penitentiary of the Holy See and presents an analysis of a multiplicity of issues in which a context of the local needs of Western Christians and the central power of the Pope occurred. The contributions make it clear that local and individual factors and the Christian faith and religion in practice must not be seen as separate from the global power of the Roman curia. The latter's influence could become directly important for any individual in any local space, even ...et usque ad ultimum terrae (Acts 1:8), in the utmost peripheries of the Christian world. It is shown that the assistance of the Apostolic Penitentiary was indispensable in a large variety of cases. Such cases were dealt with both in the local, regional space and in the globalized centre of the Holy See.

Introduction

LOCAL NEEDS IN GLOBAL CONTEXTS
Paolo Ostinelli: Penitentiary Evidence and Local Archive Material: The Case of Upper Italy, 1438-1484
Torstein Jørgensen: Canon Law in Norway Illustrated by the Penitentiary Texts: An Example of a European Centre–Periphery Perspective

MARRIAGE AND SEXUAL CONDUCT
Jennifer R. McDonald: Illegitimate Scots in the Registers of Supplications and the Registers of the Apostolic Penitentiary during the Pontificate of Sixtus IV (1471–1484)
Kirsi Salonen: Diemunda and Heinrich – Married or Not? About a Marriage Litigation in the Consistorial Court of Freising in the Late Middle
Ana Marinković: Si et in quantum. The Role of Papal Dispensations in Matrimonial Contracts of Fifteenth-Century Ragusa
Ludwig Schmugge: Matrimonial Dispensation: How the Penitentiary Handled Cases of Impotence

VAGRANTS AND APOSTATES
Gerhard Jaritz: ... monasterium ipsum (sine licentia) exivit: A Familiar Image For the Fifteenth-Century Dioceses of Passau and Salzburg?
Milena Svec Goetschi: Thief and Arsonist: The Adventurous Fate of a Runaway

LOCAL NEEDS IN THREATENED LANDS
Etleva Lala: The Survival of the Catholic Church in Albania during the Period of Direct Contact with the Ottomans (1458–1484)
Antonín Kalous: The Official Papal Policy towards Bohemia and Moravia in the 1460s and Its Relation to the Penitentiary Office: The Case of Olomouc

List of Contributors