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1 The Manuscripts and Editions of William Durant the Younger’s Tractatus de modo generalis concilii celebrandi—Revised

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Tractatus de modo generalis concilii celebrandi is one of the most important writings in the early history of conciliarism and has accordingly found a place in most of the literature dealing with conciliarism and the political theory of the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries. To proceed on a sound basis, one first needs a complete list of manuscripts containing the whole or parts of William Durant's treatise, and then the manuscripts must be compared with each other and the printed editions. This chapter is devoted to the first of these tasks: identifying the relevant manuscripts, giving some information about their history, contents, and bibliography, and drawing whatever conclusions about the history of Durant's Tractatus this evidence warrants. Philippe Le Preux in 1545 was the first to give the book the title by which it has been known ever since: Tractatus de modo generalis concilii celebrandi.

Keywords: Philippe Le Preux; Swiss manuscript; Tractatus de modo generalis concilii celebrandi; William Durant's treatise



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