New publications on the History of the Church Councils

Helmut Flachenecker (Hg.), Der Deutsche Orden auf dem Konstanzer Konzil. Pläne – Strategien – Erwartungen. VDG - Verlag und Datenbank für Geisteswissenschaften: Ilmtal-Weinstraße, 2020 (= Quellen und Studien zur Geschichte des Deutschen Ordens 84). 192 S. € 38,00. ISBN: 978-3-89739-944-0.

 

Table of Contents: Andrzej Radziminski, Der Deutsche Orden in Europa am Vorabend des Konzils von Konstanz (1) – Paul Srodecki, Mediating Actors in the Conflict between the Teutonic Order and the Kingdom of Poland in the Early Fifteenth Century (15) – Premysl Bar, Eine (un) genutzte Gelegenheit? Die Polnisch-litauische Union und der Deutsche Orden auf dem Konstanzer Konzil (1414 - 1418) (35) – Mats Homann, Der Blick des Deutschen Ordens auf das Konstanzer Konzil. Die Briefe des Generalprokurators Peter von Wormditt und des Hochmeisters Michael Küchmeister (55) – Läszlö Pösän, Die politischen Bestrebungen und Ziele Polen-Litauens auf dem Konstanzer Konzil (89) – Bernhart Jähnig, Johannes von Wallenrode und das Konstanzer Konzil (107) – Slawomirjözwiak und Janusz Trupinda, Zur Topographie und Raumordnung der Ordensburg Königsberg als Sitz der Komture, Obersten Marschälle und Hochmeister im Licht der mittelalterlichen Schriftquellen (127) – Nicholas w. Youmans, Seelenheil und Ritterehre. Vorstellung eines Forschungsprojekts zur Identität des Deutschen Ordens im Spiegel seiner Symbolhandlungen (157) – Orts- und Personenverzeichnis (176)  
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Willi Henkel OMI (1930-2020)

The Gesellschaft für Konziliengeschichtsforschung e.V. would like to remember a friend who passed away recently: P. Willi Henkel, who died at the age of 90 on the night of 19th November 2020, after contracting COVID-19. Born on 17th January 1930 in Wittges, near Fulda, Germany, he entered Maria Engelport, a daughter community of the Oblates of Hünfeld, in 1951.

After studying in Rome, he obtained a licence degree in Philosophy (in 1955) and in Theology (in 1959) at the Pontifical Gregorian University. He was ordained as a priest on 13th July 1958 and returned to Germany after completing his studies. From the beginning his life was marked by a vocation - no less deeply spiritual than intellectual - for the missions. After his doctorate in missiology at the Catholic University of Münster, with a thesis on the theology of conversion according to John Henry Newman, he came back to Rome and in 1966 began working in the Vatican editorial office of "Bibliotheca Missionum" and "Bibliografia Missionaria" alongside P. Johannes Rommerskirchen and P. Josef Metzler. In 1978 he was appointed successor to P. Rommerskirchen as Director of the Pontifical Missionary Library of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples in Piazza di Spagna, and later of the Library of the Pontifical Urbaniana University, since 1980 united in the new building in the Urbaniana complex on the Janiculum Hill. Since 1973 he has been Professor of History of the Missions at the same university and, since 1991, consultant to the Congregation for the Causes of Saints.

He retired in 2000 and returned to Germany, spending the last years of his life in the Oblate community in Hünfeld. He passed away during (and because of) the pandemic, leaving behind the imprint of an exemplary and hard-working Christian life, inflexibly measured by simplicity and humility.


New publications on the History of the Church Councils

Der Streit um Formosus. Traktate des Auxilius und weitere Schriften, hg. von Grabowsky, Annette, Wiesbaden 2021 ( = Monumenta Germaniae Historica - Quellen zur Geistesgeschichte des Mittelalters, 32) CCCLXII, 404 Seiten, 1 Abb., 7 Tabellen

 

“Only a few months after his death, Pope Formosus (891-896) was exhumed, placed on a throne and tried. The resistance of clerics consecrated by Formosus in the aftermath of this "Cadaver Synod ", under Pope Sergius III. (904-911) found their literary expression in pamphlets, most of which were written by a southern Italian cleric named Auxilius. His texts offer canonical arguments in defence of Formosus and the ordinations he conferred, in ever new compilations and using a variety of literary forms. These writings are central to the period around 900, which has recently been repeatedly understood as formative for the establishment of the papacy as an institution.

     The present edition contains for the first time a complete critical text of all the treatises of Auxilius as well as some texts from the same context of origin and transmission. It also offers a synopsis of the sources and originals, thus shedding light on legal knowledge in the area of Naples at the turn of the 10th century. In addition, the interconnections of the individual treatises and the development of the argumentation are made visible for the first time. Thus, not only does it become clear how contemporaries fought the dispute over Formosus, but also the nascent genre of the polemic, which was to experience a peak in the age of the investiture dispute, is examined more closely” (freely translated from the publisher's website).

 


New publications on the History of the Church Councils

Konzilien und kanonisches Recht in Spätantike und frühem Mittelalter. Aspekte konziliarer Entscheidungsfindung, ed. by: Wolfram Brandes, Alexandra Hasse-Ungeheuer and Hartmut Leppin, Berlin – Boston 2020 (= Forschungen zur byzantinischen Rechtsgeschichte – Neue Folge, 2)

 

“The history of canon law in the various Christian cultures (Latin, Greek, Syriac, Coptic) has mostly focused on questions of content and organisation, with good reasons. In contrast, this volume compares the procedures leading to conciliar decisions and thus to the emergence of canon law. Various factors have been taken into account: Influence of the state, confessional and political conflicts, personal disputes, etc. The aim was to take a comprehensive view of the entire Euromediterranean region as well as the Near East. The recently completed monumental edition of the Acts of the VII Ecumenical Council (Nicaenum II) by Erich Lamberz was acknowledged in detail. In view of the scholarly diversity of the authors involved, this volume is highly relevant for a wide range of academic disciplines (church history, legal history, medieval studies, Byzantine studies, Oriental studies, etc.)”. (Freely translated from the publisher's website).

 

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