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Report No. a120

Collectio Cottoniana



Alternative Names

Cottoniana II; Cotton collection



Part of the ‘Wigorniensis Group’ with Collectiones Trinitatis, Wigorniensis, Cheltenhamensis, Claustroburgensis, Petrihusensis, and the Fragmentum Herefordense. Especially closely related to the Petrihusensis. The only surviving manuscript is fragmentary; it was damaged in a fire in 1731. Formerly referred to as Collectio Cottoniana II.



No. 1

Collectio Cottoniana.


Text(s) – Manuscripts

No. 1

Collectio Cottoniana.


London, BL Cotton. Vitell. E.XIII., fol. 204–288


Text(s) – Modern Editions

No. 1

Collectio Cottoniana.

Modern Editions

Analysis by W. Holtzmann in DA, 2 (1938) 341–400.



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) 274–76.

P. Landau, ‘Die Entstehung der systematischen Dekretalensammlungen und die europäische Kanonistik des 12. Jahrhunderts’, ZRG Kan. Abt., 66 (1979) 127–28.

C. Duggan, Twelfth Century Decretal Collections and their Importance in English History (University of London Historical Studies 12; London 1963) 95–110, 187–89, 191–92.

W. Holtzmann, ‘Krone und Kirche in Norwegen im 12. Jahrhundert (Englische Analekten 3)’, DA, 2 (1938) 341–40.

S. Kuttner, Repertorium 297.