Seminari Alta Scuola

Medieval Penitentials and the Law, Theology, and Practice of Penance

9-10 giugno 2021
Seminario online
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Atria Larson
St Louis University, St Louis, MO

The seminar, Medieval Penitentials and the Law, Theology, and Practice of Penance, will introduce participants to the rich and varied source material in the medieval period related to penance. An overview of substantial changes in the historiography of the history of late antique and medieval penance over the past several decades will be combined with investigation of original source material extant in manuscripts and in printed editions. The seminar will emphasize the importance of an interdisciplinary approach to the history of penance that includes considerations of literary genre, theology, law, historical change, and ritual practice.

Introductory Bibliography
A. Costanzo, Il Trattato De vera et falsa poenitentia: Verso una nuova confessione. Guida alla lettura, testo e traduzione, Roma, Pontificio Ateneo Sant’Anselmo, 2011.
Pseudo-Augostino, Sulla vera e falsa penitenza: Introduzione, testo e traduzione, a cura di A. Costanzo, Roma, Istituto Patristico Augustinianum, 2011.
P. Grossi, Somme penitenziali, diritto canonico, diritto comune, in «Annali della Facoltà giuridica. Università di Macerata», 1 (1966), pp. 94-134, ora in Id., Scritti canonistici, a cura di C. Fantappiè, Milano, Giuffrè, 2013, pp. 115-153.
A. Larson, Papal Councils and the Development of Lay Penance in the Long Twelfth Century, in «Cristianesimo nella storia», 39 (2018), pp. 323-69.
R. Meens, Penance in Medieval Europe, 600-1200, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2014.

Atria A. Larson, Ph.D. is Associate Professor of Medieval Christianity in the Department of Theological Studies at Saint Louis University (Missouri, USA). Her research investigates the intellectual, religious, and legal history of the High Middle Ages, with a special focus on Gratian’s Decretum, theology and biblical exegesis, pastoral care, and penance. Her books include Master of Penance: Gratian and the Development of Penitential Thought and Law in the 12th Century (Washington DC, 2014) and Gratian’s Tractatus de penitentia: A New Latin Edition with English Translation (Washington DC, 2016).