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CANONIST. One well versed in canon or ecclesiastical law.

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Canonistic ingenuity and exaltation of papal power played a dominant part.
Cushing's Papacy and Law in the Gregorian Revolution: The Canonistic Work of Anselm of Lucca (Oxford: Clarendon, 1998).
Richard Kay, turning to the much disputed question of Innocent's canonistic abilities, concludes with new evidence that Innocent was principally a theologian and not a trained canon lawyer.
Building on the specialized studies published around the nine hundredth anniversary of Anselm's death, Cushing's book offers the English reader a solid introduction to current scholarship on the life and thought of this key figure in Gregory VII's circle as well as several provocative interpretations of the meaning and polemical function of Anselm's canonistic work.