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Report No. a102

Collectio Belverensis

post 1175


Alternative Names

Collectio Bodleiana



Contains 57 items in four parts: (1) 18 items, canons of the Council of Tours and decretals of Alexander III; (2) 9 items, decretals of Alexander III; (3) 21 items, canons of the council of Wesminster; (4) 9 Items, decretals of Alexander III. As a whole, this collection is part of the ‘English Group’ with Colectiones Wigorniensis altera, Cantanuariensis I, Roffensis, Fontanensis, Dunelmensis I, and Regalis. It dates from after 1175 and was produced in the circle of Gilbert Foliot, bishop of London.



No. 1

Collectio Belverensis.


Text(s) – Manuscripts

No. 1

Collectio Belverensis.


Oxford, Bodleian Libr. e Mus. 249, fol. 121r–135r


Text(s) – Modern Editions

No. 1

Collectio Belverensis.

Modern Editions

Gilberti epistolae, ed. J. Giles (London 1846).


Analysis by A. Morey and C. Brooke in The letters and charters of Gilbert Foliot (Cambridge 1967) xxxv–li.



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) 257–58.

C. Duggan, Twelfth Century Decretal Collections and their Importance in English History (University of London Historical Studies 12; London 1963) 71–73, 154–62.