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Report No. a127

Collectio Dunelmensis prima



Alternative Names

Dunelmensis I; Dunelmensis II; Dunelmensis III; first Durham collection



180 items from excerpts from Burchard’s Decretum to decretals of Lucius III (1181–85). This collection is part of the ‘English Group’ with the Collectiones Wigorniensis altera, Belverensis, Cantuariensis, Roffensis, Fontanensis, and Regalis. Formerly referred to as Collectio Dunelmensis I–III.



No. 1

Collectio Dunelmensis I.


Text(s) – Manuscripts

No. 1

Collectio Dunelmensis I.


Durham, Cath. Libr. C.III.1, fol. 5v–18r


Text(s) – Modern Editions

No. 1

Collectio Dunelmensis I.

Modern Editions

Analysis by W. Holtzmann in Studies 75–99.



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, 260–61.

W. Holtzmann, Studies in the Collections of Twelfth Century Decretals, C. Cheney, ed. (MIC B–3; Città del Vaticano 1979) 75–99.

C. Duggan, ‘A Durham Canonical Manuscript of the Late Twelfth Century’, SCH, 2 (1965) 179–85.

C. Duggan, Twelfth Century Decretal Collections and their Importance in English History (University of London Historical Studies 12; London 1963) 68–84.

S. Kuttner, Repertorium 280–81.