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.
Decretals of Gregory IX
- This material is held at
- ReferenceGB 96 MS 544
- Dates of CreationMid 13th century
- Name of Creator
- Language of MaterialLatin
- Physical DescriptionSingle leaf
Scope and Content
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.
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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.
Compiled by Sarah Aitcbhison as part of the RSLP AIM25 Project.
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