History of Canon Law Mid-Term Essay 

Monastery of San Speco, Italy

Due during the week of October 20, 2008

Outline of Essay

1. Describe the structure of the "ecclesia" in early Christian communities.  What institutions did early Christian communities employ to establish norms (100 A.D. to 600 A.D.)?  What were the norms produced by these institutions and what were their contents (in other words what were the chief concerns of the early church fathers)?

2.  Describe the relationship of the papacy, the emperor, and canon law in the period from 100 A.D. and 600 A.D.  Discuss the canonical norms of marriage in Justinian's Corpus iuris civilis

3. Discuss the differences and similarities between Greek and Latin canon law between 500 A.D. and 1100. 

4. Christianity spread slowly in Northern Europe.  Discuss canonical collections of the 8th and 9th centuries:  their origins and contents.

5. Discuss the role of canon law in the eleventh-century reform movement.  Which sources in the canonical tradition were most important for shaping the reforms?  Was there a reform of canon law in the eleventh century?  How does the Collection in 74 Titles illustrate the push for reform within the Church at the mid-point of the eleventh century?


Write an essay covering each of these points. It should be typed, double-spaced, and proofread. The font should be 12 point, the margins 1" left and right, top and bottom.    Place the numbers of the sections in your essay.  I would like to receive your essay as a Word or WordPerfect document (Windows; I cannot do Mac) as an email attachment.  If you cannot submit it this way please give it to me as a diskette.  Please label your file with your name, last first, first last, e.g. PenningtonKen.doc I will make my comments in the electronic document.  I have found that this spares you from reading my handwriting and spares me from writing something dumb that I cannot erase.  Everyone wins.  The essay should not be longer than 15 pages.