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Report No. a581

Collectiones Bambergenses



Alternative Names

Bamberg group; Bambergensisgruppe



Deeters 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. Their geographical spread attests to the influence of the group. Duggan has argued that the ‘Urbambergensis’ was compiled at Tours.



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Collectiones Bambergenses, c.1180–1200. Each collection is slightly different; cf. also Collectio Bambergensis B, Erlangensis, and Lipsiensis.


Text(s) – Manuscripts

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Collectiones Bambergenses, c.1180–1200.


Bamberg, Staatsbibl. Can. 17 (P.i.ii), fols. 1–47 (Bamberg B)


Amiens, BM 377, fols. 83–132 (Bamberg A)


Paris, BN lat. 17971 (Bamberg C)


Tortosa, Bibl. Cap. 40, fols. 1–91 (Bamberg D)


Tortosa, Bibl. Cap. 160, 1–41 (Bamberg T)


Oxford, Oriel Coll. 53, fols. 340–349 (Bamberg O)


Paris, BN lat. Baluse 77, fols. 324r–328v (Bamberg M)


Erlangen, Universitätsbibl. 342, fols. 291–306 (Collectio Erlangensis)


Leipzig, Universitätsbibl. 975, fols. 116–153 (Collectio Lipsiensis)


Firenze, Bibl. Laurenz. Plut. 3 (olim S. Croce III) sin.6 (F; fragment. The library currently identifies this manuscript with the Plutei designation, but the literature often refers to it with the S. Croce one.)


Kassel, Universitäts- u. Landesbibl. Jur. 15, fols. 1–26 (Kassel C)


Bamberg, Staatsbibl. Can. 18, fols. 25r–43v (Kassel B)


Kraków, Bibl. Jagiellońska 106 (fragment)



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) 280–82.

P. Landau, ‘Die Entstehung der systematischen Dekretalensammlungen und die europäische Kanonistik des 12. Jahrhunderts’, ZRG Kan. Abt., 66 (1979) 133–37.

A. Vetulani, ‘Un fragment d’une collection systématique de décrétales antérieure à la “Compilatio prima”’, Traditio, 16 (1960) 534–40.

W. Deeters, ‘Die Bambergensisgruppe der Dekretalensammlungen des 12. Jahrhunderts’, (Ph.D. diss.; Bonn 1956).

P. Daudet, ‘Bamberg (collection de)’, in DDC (1937) 2.84–89.