The Ecclesiastical History Society has devoted two meetings to the theme of 'Councils and Assemblies'; this seventh volume of Studies in Church History, covering a wide span of time, contains twenty-two papers on varying aspects of the subject. Starting in the early Middle Ages, it moves through the great medieval councils to Vatican I and II. Geographically the gatherings range from Byzantium to Cornwall, from Edinburgh to Cape Town. Some produced valuable legislation in the fields of welfare or education, others were sterile debates between irreconcilable viewpoints. Some of the papers raise issues of the first importance, others fill gaps in our knowledge. All are well worth the attention of historians.
Table of Contents
Preface; Contributors; Abbreviations; 1. Public welfare and social legislation in the early medieval councils Walter Ullmann; 2. National synods, kingship as office and royal anointing: an early medieval syndrome Janet L. Nelson; 3. The case of Berenger of Tours Margaret Gibson; 4. Ecclesiastica and Regalia: Papal investiture policy from the Council of Guastalla to the first Lateran Council, 1106-23 M. J. Wilks; 5. Viri religiosi and the York election dispute Derek Baker; 6. Councils and synods in thirteenth-century Castile and Aragon Peter Linehan; 7. The Byzantine reaction to the Second Council of Lyons, 1274 Donald M. Nicol 8. The Council of London of 1342 Brenda Bolton; 9. Education in English ecclesiastical legislation of the later Middle Ages Roy M. Haines; 10. The representation of the universitas fidelium in the councils of the conciliar period Joseph Gill; 11. Nicholas Ryssheton and the Council of Pisa, 1409 Margaret Harvey; 12. The condemnation of John Wyclif at the Council of Constance Edith C. Tatnall; 13. Some aspects od English representation at the Council of Basle A. N. E. D. Schofield; 14. The Council of Basle and the Second Vatican Council A. J. Black; 15. The Colloquies between Catholics and Protestants, 1539-41 Basil Hall; 16. King James I's call for an ecumenical council W. B. Patterson; 17. John Hales and the Synod of Dort Robert Peters; 18. Assembley and Association in Dissent, 1689-1831 Geoffrey F. Nuttall; 19. The Convocation of 1710: an Anglican attempt at counter-revolution G. V. Bennet; 20. Laymen in synod: an aspect of the beginnings of synodical government in South Africa Peter Hinchliff; 21. The First Vatican Council E. E. Y. Hales; 22. Kikuyu and Edinburgh: the interaction of attitudes to two conferences Stuart P. Mews.