Decretals of Gregory IX

Scope and Content

Single leaf of vellum, formerly used as a pastedown, containing Book 3, section 38 18 to 39 3, of the Decretales Gregorii IX , on the rights of patrons over churches and the financial liabilities of churches, dating from the mid-13th century. There are marginal annotations in a later, perhaps 14th century, hand.

Administrative / Biographical History

The decretals are canonical epistles, written by the pope alone, or by the pope and cardinals, at the instance or suit of some one or more persons, for the ordering and determining some matter in controversy, and have the authority of a law in themselves. Pope Gregory IX (1143-1241) ordered the first complete and authoritative collection of papal decretals, the Corpus Iuris Canonici.


Single item.

Access Information

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Acquisition Information

Bought from Bondy in 1961.

Other Finding Aids

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

Physical Characteristics and/or Technical Requirements

11½" x 8¼". Ruling across the whole width of folio; pricking in inner margin. Initials in red and blue with simple blue and red ornament; red and blue capitals; rubricated.

Archivist's Note

Compiled by Sarah Aitcbhison 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.