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The Slaves of the ChurchesA History$
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Mary E. Sommar

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780190073268

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2020

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190073268.001.0001

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Slavery in the Imperial Church

Slavery in the Imperial Church

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The Slaves of the Churches

Mary E. Sommar

Oxford University Press

This is the story of how the church sought to establish norms for slave ownership on the part of ecclesiastical institutions and personnel and for others’ behavior toward such slaves. Chronicles, letters, and other documents from each of the various historical periods, along with an analysis of the various policies and statutes, provide insight into the situations of these unfree ecclesiastical dependents. Although this book is a serious scholarly monograph about the history of church law, it has been written in such a way that no specialist knowledge is required of the reader, whether a scholar in another field or a general reader interested in church history or the history of slavery. Historical background is provided, and there is a short Latin lexicon. This chapter discusses slavery in the church from Constantine to the end of the fifth century.

Keywords:   canon law, church law, church property, manumission, slavery ecclesiastical, slavery European, slavery global

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