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Report No. r153




Alternative Names

Constitutiones Clementi V; Liber Clementinarum



The official collection of papal decretals named for Pope Clement V, who directed that the compilation be made, though it was only promulgated definitively by his successor, John XXII, in 1317. The Clementines contains 106 decretals and canons that had been issued after Liber sextus (1298). The core of the Clementinesconsists of thirty-eight constitutions of the Council of Vienne (1311–12). Clement promulgated the Clementines in 1314, but he died before the collection could be circulated. After a two year vacancy, Clement’s successor, John XXII, undertook a review of the text which took more than a year; John modified and corrected the text and added his own promulgation letter, Quoniam nulla. Just how much John changed the Clementines is a matter of considerable debate. Unlike the former codifications of Gregory IX (1234) and Boniface VIII (1298), however, Pope John XXII’s promulgation bull did not claim to invalidate the more recent legislation of Boniface VIII (d. 1303) and Clement V that had not been included. The Clementines was the last official compilation of decretals for the medieval schools of canon law. It included the important decretals Saepe contingitwhich completely reformed the canon law system of summary procedure, Romani principes and Pastoralis cura which repudiated the claims of the Emperor Henry VII to universal jurisdiction and to be able to cite Robert of Naples for rebellion outside of his own territory.

Substantial commentaries were written on the Clementines by the canonists, Alberico di Metz, Baldus de Ubaldis, Benedictus Capra, Bernardus Maynardi, Bonifacius Ammannati, Egidius de Bellamera, Franciscus Zabarella, Giovanni Antonio Carafa, Guilelmus de Monte Laudano, Jesselin de Cassagnes, Johannes Andreae, Johannes Calderinus, Johannes de Imola, Johannes de Lignano, Lapus Tactus, Mattheus Romanus, Nicolaus de Tudeschis, Petrus de Ancharano, Petrus de Andlau, Petrus Bertrandus, Simone de Borsano, and Stephanus Hugonetti.



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Text(s) – Manuscripts

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Bryn Mawr, Penn., Bryn Mawr Coll. Libr. 7


München, BSB Clm 3872, fol. 1r–24r


München, BSB Clm 3877, fol. 3r–59v


München, BSB Clm 6347, fol. 1r–50r


München, BSB Clm 6566, fol. 122r–192v


München, BSB Clm 7469, fol. 1r–80r


München, BSB Clm 9656, fol. 1r–58v


München, BSB Clm 14655, fol. 1r–51v


München, BSB Clm 19508, fol. 1r–30v


München, Universitätsbibl. 2o 253, fol. 1r–172v


München, Universitätsbibl. 2o 290, fol. 1r–23v


New Haven, Conn., Yale Univ., Beinecke Libr. J C28 no.1 (18), fol. 1r–52v


New Haven, Conn., Yale Univ., Beinecke Libr. J C28 no.2 (33), fol. 2r–39r


New Haven, Conn., Yale Univ., Beinecke Libr. Marston 155, fol. 1r–22r


New York, N.Y., Colum. Univ. Smith Western 18, fol. 1r–88v


New York, N.Y., Hispanic Society B 2565, fol. 59r–81v


New York, N.Y., Morgan Libr. 902



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