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The Reflection Of Reality In Conciliar Legislation

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The canons of the Frankish councils, no less than their judicial decisions, were reactions to events and circumstances outside the assembly hall. They were preventive measures certainly, but preventive measures that were informed by the very real concerns of the conciliar attendees. Certainly, these attendees were members of the social elite, and their perspectives were necessarily influenced by their elite status. Even in those instances where a concern affected individuals other than those at the top of the ecclesiastical hierarchy, it is the latter's perspective that is articulated in the canons of the Frankish councils. In order to understand conciliar legislation, therefore, we are obliged to contextualize it. By doing so, we will be in a better position to judge its practical value.

Keywords: conciliar legislation; Frankish councils



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