Powicke, F. M., ed. and Cheney, C. R., ed., Councils & Synods with Other Documents Relating to the English Church, Vol. 2, part 1 1205-1265, part 2 1265-1313 (Oxford: Clarendon Press)
Number of pages of primary source text: 1393
Dates: 1205 - 1313
- Original language included.
- Councils - Church
- Law - Canon Law
- Chronicle, Annals
- Clergy - Priests, Bishops, Canons
- Law - Canon
- Religion - Institutional Church
- Theology - Ecclesiology
In the early Christian church, communities met to discuss problems. These meetings became institutionalized as councils or synods, conducted by individual dioceses, with the pope claiming the right to approve of council acts. Councils & Synods contains collections of English synodal statutes and related documents. Though it was published first, this second volume (1205-1313) continues the collections in volume 1 (871-1204 — see alternate entries for Councils and Synods). The 31 collections of statutes in volume 2 were edited from all known versions of manuscripts. The collections indicate heavy borrowing among dioceses in framing their statutes. They also demonstrate papal influence on the English church, particularly as it bolstered the authority of bishops.
The general introduction to both volumes 1 and 2 of Councils & Synods appears in volume 1. This volume contains only a very brief preface (4 pages) stating the aims and methods of its editors. This volume, mainly edited by C. R. Cheney, is considered by scholars to have set the standard for compiling the corpus of ecclesiastical legislation.