de CORBEIL Peter - Document in his name, August 1213
Peter de CORBEIL (d. 1222)
Document in his name as Archbishop of Sens, confirming an agreement to settle a dispute over tithes between the church of 'Roseto' and Girardus, priest of 'Maravilla'. The text written in an accomplished secretarial hand, n.p. [most probably Sens, Burgundy], August 1213.
1 page in Latin on vellum , c. 10½ x 14½ cms.
An attractive charter.
Place names can be difficult to identify, but 'Roseto' is most probably Rozoy, and 'Maravilla' , Merinville.
Tithes, in effect a land tax, theoretically voluntary, were raised to support religious institutions and were often the subject of disputes. The tithes were usually paid in kind, and in this case 'Roseto' and 'Maravilla' have agreed to divide the wheat, grain and oats in question. All religious taxes we abolished in France after the Revolution.
Peter de Corbeil was a canon of Notre Dame de Paris, a scholastic philosopher and master of theology at the University of Paris. In 1198 his former pupil, Pope Innocent III, appointed him archdeacon and prebendary of York. In 1200 he became Archbishop of Sens, an important ecclesiastical centre with a fine Gothic cathedral. A theological conservative, he forbade the teaching of several of Aristotle's works and ordered the burning of works by the pantheistic philosopher David of Dinant. A manuscript of Peter of Corbeil's commentary on the Psalms is in the Bodleian Library, Oxford.
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