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3 Research on William Durant the Younger’s Tractatus de modo generalis concilii celebrandi: A Critical Review

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Research on Tractatus de modo generalis concilii celebrandi began in 1869. Dollinger's claim that Durant's proposals had no effects worth mentioning is false: Durant did in fact influence legislation passed by the Council of Vienne. That alone is sufficient to caution us against accepting his perspective on the bishop of Mende without reserve. Dollinger devoted only three pages of his book to Durant, but the brevity of his treatment should not obscure the significance of his observations. That was doubtless decisive for the manner in which Durant's Tractatus de modo generalis concilii celebrandi has been interpreted since then. Around the turn of the century three significant contributions to research on Durant's Tractatus appeared within a space of only seven years. Overall we may conclude that Protestant scholars managed to steer the interpretation of Durant's Tractatus in a direction that is still basic to our understanding of its significance.

Keywords: Durant; Tractatus de modo generalis concilii celebrandi; Tractatus; Vienne



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