Date: Wed, 9 Dec 1998 08:23:56 -0500
Subject: Re: praepositus?
From: Patrick Nugent <[log in to unmask]>
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Thanks for your help. This is exactly what I needed. More careful reading
shows me, too, that St. Donatian's did not become a Cathedral till 1559,
when it Bruges was separated from the see of Tournai and erected as a see
of its own. Sorry for the misreading.
Is there a good source on secular and regular canons that sums up this kind
of information? I'm pretty good on monastic history, but canons,
especially secular ones, are kind of a black hole for me.
As far as I am aware there isn't any book in English which sums it
all up (one of these days I'd like to get round to writing it), but
if you want a short set of definitions you should find them in H.
Feine, Kirchliche Rechtsgeschichte (4th ed was 1964 but I think there
may be a later one). But that's rather dry and probably a bit too
general. The Dictionnaire d'hist. et de geog. eccl. put the
article on 'Chanoines' into the hands of C. Dereine and he
was more interested in regular canons and therefore talks
mostly about them. Otherwise you have to form your own picture from a
combination of national or regional surveys e.g. R. Schieffer, Die
Entstehung von Domkapiteln in Deutschland (Bonn 1976) [mostly about
9th-11th cs], and K. Edwards, The English Secular Cathedrals in the
Middle Ages, 2nd edn (Manchester, 1967) [mostly about 12th-15th cs,
concentrating on 13th-14th cs], plus a huge number of individual
studies of cathedral chapters, among which Pycke's book on Tournai
Cathedral (sorry - will have to check publication details later) will
be of especial use to you, being good, recent and fairly close
geographically to Bruges. You can track some of the titles of books
on cathedrals down in footnote references in articles by me in e.g.
Journal of Ecclesiastical History 37 1986 and Viator 20 1989.
David Spear has been doing tons of work over the past 15 years or so
on Norman cathedral chapters and Diana Greenway on English ones (cf.
her article in Tradition and Change ed. D. Greenway, C. Holdsworth
and J. Sayers. And of course if you want to find out about what
provosts of St Donatian's were capable of there is the splendid
example of Provost Bertulf in Galbert of Bruges' Murder of Charles
Nugent Department of Religion Earlham College Richmond, Indiana47374
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