The volume investigates the registers of fifteenth-century supplications to the Apostolic Penitentiary of the Holy See and presents an analysis of a multiplicity of issues in which a context of the local needs of Western Christians and the central power of the Pope occurred. The contributions make it clear that local and individual factors and the Christian faith and religion in practice must not be seen as separate from the global power of the Roman curia. The latter's influence could become directly important for any individual in any local space, even ...et usque ad ultimum terrae (Acts 1:8), in the utmost peripheries of the Christian world. It is shown that the assistance of the Apostolic Penitentiary was indispensable in a large variety of cases. Such cases were dealt with both in the local, regional space and in the globalized centre of the Holy See.
Gerhard Jaritz, Austrian Academy of SciencesTorstein Jorgensen, University of Bergen, Norway; School of Mission and Theology, Stavanger, Normway.Kirsi Salonen, University of Tampere, Finland; Archivio Segreto Vaticano
Introduction Local Needs in Global Context Ostinelli: Penitentiary Evidence and Local Archive Material: the Case of Upper Italy, 1438-1484; Jorgensen: Canon Law in Norway Illustrated by the Penitentiary Texts: An Example of a European Centre-Periphery Perspective; Marriage and Sexual Conduct McDonald: Illegitimate Scots in the Registers of Supplications and the Registers of the Apostolic Penitentiary During the Pontificate of Sixtus IV (1471-1484); Salonen: Diemunda and Heinrich - Married or Not? About a Marriage Litigation in the Consistorial Court of Freising in the Late Middle Ages; Marinkovi : Si et in quantum. The Role of Papal Dispensations in Matrimonial Contracts of Fifteenth-Century Ragusa; Schmugge: Matrimonial Dispensation: How the Penitentiary Handled Cases of Impotence Vagrants and Apostates Jaritz: ... monasterium ipsum (sine licentia) exivit: A Familiar Image for the Fifteenth-Century Dioceses of Passau and Salzburg?; Goetschi: Thief and Arsonist: The Adventurous Fate of a Runaway Monk Local Needs in Threatened Lands Lala: The Survival of the Catholic Church in Albania during the Period of Direct Contact with the Ottomans (1458-1484); Kalous: The Official Papal Policy towards Bohemia and Moravia in the 1460s and Its Relation to the Penitentiary Office: the Case of Olomouc List of Contributors