Donation of Constantine And Constitutum Constantini

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2007-06-30
  • Publisher: De Gruyter

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The Donation of Constantine is the most outrageous and powerful forgery in world history. The question of its precise time of origin alone kept generations of researchers occupied. But, what exactly is the Donation of Constantine? To find the answer, it is necessary to approach the question on two different semantic levels: First, as the Constitutum Constantini, a fictitious privilege, in which, among other things, rights and presents were bestowed on the catholic church by a grateful Emperor Konstantin. Secondly, as a reflection of the Middle Age mindset, becoming part of the culture landscape midway through 11th century A.D. The author not only reinterprets the origin of this forgery (i.e. puts it down to the Franks' opposition of Emperor Louis the Pious), but retells, as well, the history of its misinterpretation since the High Middle Ages. In an appendix, all relevant texts are printed in the original language, an English translation is provided.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. vii
Contentsp. ix
Introductionp. 1
The "Donation of Constantine"p. 7
The origin and fate of the "Donation of Constantine" in the High Middle Agesp. 11
The wording and meaning of the "Constitutum Constantini"p. 35
Constantine's "departure" from the City of Romep. 49
The origin of the "Constitutum Constantini"p. 53
The early textual tradition of the "Constitutum Constantini"p. 69
The date and context of the composition of the "Constitutum Constantini"p. 73
The Palatium Lateranensep. 74
Wala of Corbie and Hilduin of St-Denisp. 88
Conclusionsp. 111
The Satraps of Constantine by Wolfram Brandesp. 115
Sourcesp. 129
The Latin text of the "Constitutum Constantini" according to the edition of Horst Fuhrmannp. 129
The "Constitutum Constantini" in translationp. 138
The "Donation of Constantine" with the "Glossa ordinaria"p. 146
The "Donation of Constantine" as given in Gratian's Decretum according to the edition of Emil Friedbergp. 148
Distinctio 96p. 148
(Palea)p. 148
(Palea)p. 148
The "Donation of Constantine" in translationp. 151
Distinctio 96p. 151
(Palea)p. 151
(Palea)p. 151
Bibliographyp. 155
Abbreviationsp. 155
Primary Sourcesp. 158
Secondary Sourcesp. 167
Index of Ancient and Medieval Personsp. 189
Platesp. 197
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