Ivo of Chartres: work in progress

Ivo at Cockayne Hatley

This site has four elements: draft texts and some concordances for the three collections traditionally associated with Ivo of Chartres, the Collectio Tripartita, the Decretum and the Panormia, and a list of manuscripts containing significant numbers of Ivo’s letters, with preliminary editions of a selection of them, and a concordance to the canonical citations in the whole corpus . A similar fifth element is in preparation, to contain a selective list of reported manuscripts containing Ivo’s sermons. Each element differs in its method of construction, the contribution made by each of those involved, and in its state of development. The principles on which they have been prepared are explained in the introduction to each. Throughout our work we have drawn very heavily on the support of the Stephan Kuttner Institute for Medieval Canon Law first at Munich and now Yale. Special thanks are due to the President, Professor Peter Landau, and to Dr Joerg Müller for their unfailing generosity. The IRHT at Orléans has also been extremely hospitable and generous with material. At an early stage of the work the British Academy provided a valuable grant for the purchase of microfilm. Essential technical support has been provided by Matthew Brett, and we are equally grateful to Rufus Pollock, who introduced us to Knowledge Forge, which hosted the site for many years.

The purpose of making such provisional texts available, with all their errors and gaps, is to encourage others to correct and develop what we have done for the common profit. It is our hope that the collaborative work of other scholars will over time convert these first sketches into a solid body of secure learning. Accordingly, we ask any who use the site to inform us of our errors and supply our deficiencies. We have already received a great deal of assistance from others, whose names are listed in the introduction to each text, and undertake to identify the contribution of all our further correspondents in any later revision of the site. The contributors claim no copyright (though they would be almost as gratified by any acknowledgement of their work as they would be by just criticism), and they do not wish to pre-empt a more systematic publication by others in any way. On the contrary, they hope it may provoke one. Bruce Brasington (bbrasington@mail.wtamu.edu) is jointly responsible with Martin Brett (mbr110@gmail.com) for the Panormia section. The Tripartita texts and the annotated copy of the Decretum as printed by Migne were originally the responsibility of MB, with much help from Bruce and others listed there; the section on the letters is the work of Christof Rolker (Christof.Rolker@uni-konstanz.de); the Tripartita site is now in the first instance under the care of Przemysław Nowak of Warsaw (p-nowak@gmx.de).

If you cite the documents on this website, please give the date / revision stamp of the website at the time you downloaded the files.

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http://ivo-of-chartres.github.io/decretum/ivodec_4.pdf with date / revision stamp .



The photographs come from the late-seventeenth-century choir stalls of the Augustinian priory of Oignies in Hainault (dissolved 1796), placed in the parish church of St John at Cockayne Hatley (Beds) in 1826 by Henry Cust, for whom they had been bought by the noted connoisseur and collector Col. Robert Rushbrooke. C. Tracy, Continental church furniture in England (2001), catalogue no. M/9; see too idem in Proceedings of the Suffolk Institute of History and Archaeology xl (2004) 306-30.