Corpus Synodalium

Local Ecclesiastical Legislation in Medieval Europe /
Législations ecclésiastiques locales dans l’Europe médiévale

This is a database-in-progress of extant local ecclesiastical legislation issued across Latin Christendom from ca. 1215 - ca. 1500. The corpus includes mainly diocesan statutes and provincial canons, but other genres appear on occasion. The database currently includes 1450 texts, accounting for nearly ninety percent of the extant material from the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries. Future updates will extend the chronological coverage into the fifteenth century.

Spelling and editorial conventions vary considerably, whether in medieval manuscripts or their modern editions. The main corpus preserves this variety, but an alternate version is available in which the most frequent variants have been normalized (e.g. v→u, j→i, ae→e).

The links above provide more information about the project, as well as important guidelines on how to cite and navigate the database. Valuable advice for first-time users can also be found here. For further details, please contact the project leader, Rowan Dorin (

[Initial Project Release: June 30, 2021; last updated October 31, 2022]

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