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Title: A Late Thirteenth-Century Attack on the Fourth Lateran Council
Subtitle: The 'Liber Contra Lombardum' and Contemporary Debates on the Trinity
Author(s): ROBB, Fiona
Journal: Recherches de Théologie et Philosophie Médiévales
Volume: 62 Date: 1995
Ever since its publication by Carmelo Ottaviano in 1934, there has been little or no attempt to understand the meaning of the anonymous Liber contra Lombardum (LcL), an attack on the doctrinal statement on the Trinity issued by the Fourth Lateran Council of 1215.1The responsibility for this lies in large part with Ottaviano himself whose subtitle to the edition, Scuola di Gioacchino da Fiore, was vigorously criticised. The implication that the anonymous author belonged to the school of Joachim of Fiore (d. 1202), the famous monastic reformer and theologian, was considered both groundless and misleading since there was no evidence of any Joachimist tradition of speculative thought on the Trinity. To those more familiar with the influence of Joachim's exegetical and eschatological framework, the rejection of Ottaviano's idea of a Joachimist tradition of trinitarian theology, to which the LcL belonged, will come as a surprise. The fact remains that no student of Joachim's trinitarian theology has endorsed Ottaviano's thesis.