Treatise on canon law (fragment)

Scope and Content

One folio of a Latin treatise on canon law, containing part of sections headed 'De prebendis et dignitatibus' and 'De monachis'. The form is that of a 'Summa Summarum' with reference to the gloss rather than to substantive law, and with discussion of the views of particular glossators and doctores . Marginal subject headings and running titles have been added by the scribe responsible for the text. The manuscript was probably written in Italy during the 14th century.
The fragment was formerly used as fly-leaves in a binding of a printed edition of the statutes of 1589, Anno XXXI Reginae Elizabethae, At a session of Parliament holden...the fourth day of Februarie...untill...the XXIX of March...were enacted as followeth (London, 1589).

Administrative / Biographical History

Canon law is the body of laws and regulations made by or adopted by ecclesiastical authority, for the government of the Christian organization and its members.


Single item.

Access Information

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Acquisition Information

Transferred from the Goldsmith's Library, University of London Library, in 1966.

Other Finding Aids

See R. Watson, 'Descriptive list of manuscript fragments in the University of London Library' (1976).

Physical Characteristics and/or Technical Requirements

15" x 10". Written in 2 columns, with 55 lines remaining; initial D in blue with red ornament; red and blue paraphs.

Archivist's Note

Compiled by Sarah Aitchison as part of the RSLP AIM25 Project.

Conditions Governing Use

Copies may be made, subject to the condition of the original. Copying must be undertaken by the Palaeography Room staff, who will need a minimum of 24 hours to process requests.