There are references in the proceedings of the Council of Basel to certain
decrees being posted on the cathedral door.
One should distinguish between bulls that are directed to all the faithfull
(Constitutions) and those directed to individuals or groups replying to
some point of business (Rescripts). Most bulls fall into the latter
category. The percentage of constitutions seems to have been fairly small,
usually dealing with general matters.
In the line of promulgation, the official collections of decretals were
prefaced with bulls addressed to the universities.
At 11:15 AM 11/14/2000 -0500, you wrote:
>Am I incorrect in assuming, then, that a bull might have been posted on, say,
>the doors of a cathedral? or read (summarized?) to a congregation by a bishop?
>In a message dated 11/14/00 10:04:39 AM Eastern Standard Time,
>[log in to unmask] writes:
> > Dear George and others interested in the dissemination of papal bulls --
> > As far as I understand from the breviaries I've tracked down, Boniface's
> > canonization bull for Saint Louis was used, it seems, only in mendicant
> > volumes made in Italy. It is the exception rather than the rule for
> > Louis' feast day. In the overwhelming majority of cases another text was
> > used that was probably written in Paris quite possibly at the royal
> > court. One might, I suppose, posit two different centers of dissemination
> > -- the curia and the french royal court -- and thus the readings which
> > make it into breviaries might reflect geographical and/or political
> > proximity to either center. As per Stan Metheny's suggestion to me, in
> > a private communication on this subject, the very adoption of the
> > feast of such a politicized saint was in many instance politically
> > loaded. Just a hypothesis. But I'd still like to know how it is that say,
> > friar x at Santa Maria Novella in Florence (to take one instance) got a
> > hold of this text, whether it was from another breviary or whether it was
> > from the bull itself. Towit, I might add that with respect to whether the
> > bull was composed or understood as a hagiographical vita, in 1477 Boninus
> > Mombritus includes it as his vita for Louis in his printed Vita
> > Sanctorum. Seemed vita-enough to him, at least by the end of the 14th
> > century.
> > thanks for your interest George. Do you really want a conference on this?
> > celia