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Report No. a101

Collectio Bambergensis B



Alternative Names

Bamberg B; Collectio Bambergensis prima



Part of the Bambergensis-Group, a group of twelve closely related decretal collections. Walter Deeters has postulated that all members of the Bambergensis-group sprang from an archetype, ‘Urbambergensis’, consisting of 418 items in 56 titles. This putative collection would have been produced c.1180. The twelve manuscripts or fragments containing members of the B.-group were then produced over more than two decades and were influenced by other collections. This collection, the Bambergensis proper, was most likely made at Tours, is arranged in 55 titles with a more advanced systematization than previous collections, and contains the canons of the Third Lateran Council (1179) at the end.



No. 1

Collectio Bambergensis I.


Text(s) – Manuscripts

No. 1

Collectio Bambergensis I.


Bamberg, Staatsbibl. Can 17, fol. 1v–47


Tortosa, Bibl. Cap. 40 (fragmentary)


Tortosa, Bibl. Cap. 160


Text(s) – Modern Editions

No. 1

Collectio Bambergensis I.

Modern Editions

Die Canones-Sammlungen zwischen Gratian und Bernhard von Pavia, ed. E. Friedberg (Leipzig 1897; repr. Graz 1958) 84–115.



C. Duggan, ‘Decretal Collections from Gratian’s Decretum to the Compilationes antiquae: The Making of the New Case Law’, in The History of Medieval Canon Law in the Classical Period, 1140–1234: From Gratian to the Decretals of Pope Gregory IX, W. Hartmann and K. Pennington, ed. (History of Medieval Canon Law 6; Washington DC 2008) 249, 280–82.

W. Deeters, ‘Die Bambergensisgruppe der Dekretalensammlungen des 12. Jahrhunderts’, (Phil. diss.; Bonn 1956) 2, 47–323.