Thirteenth-Century Manuscript Copy of a Papal Decretal Concerning Inheritance [Manuscript]. [Canon Law]. [Clement, III (1130-1191), Pope]. [Leaf from a Papal Decretal Concerning Inheritance]. France, c. 1270.  pp. Folio (12-3/4" x 9-1/2"). Parchment leaf, light soiling and a few faint stains, fold lines and tiny holes, pieces removed from corners with minor loss to text. 50-line rubricated text in gothic hand in 2 columns surrounded by glosses, 8 vividly colored lombard initials with flourishes in red and blue, 4-line ornamented incipit beginning with 14-line initial "P" in red and blue, with elaborate flourishes. A few faint later annotations. A fine example of a high-medieval legal manuscript. $3,500. * An extensive text fragment from a thirteenth-century copy of a papal decretal concerning inheritance with later commentary. More specifically, this decretal states that inherited goods owned for 30 years or more can not be taken by the Church. ("De constitutionibus - Preterea de lege illa vel errore quam cives tuos asseris statuisse, videlicet, ut si quis teneret by xxx annos possessiones alicujus ecclesiae, nec reddidisset canonem constitutum non ideo cadreet pensionente possessionis illius, nihil certi tibi pessumus respondere, donec constitutionem illam ab ipsis factam nobis verbo ad verbum expositam studeas destinare.") The text begins with the incipit "De constitutionibus - Preterea de lege illa vel errore quam cives tuos asseris statuisse." The large initial "P" and the word "Preterea," are highlighted by alternating red and blue Versallutes. The commentary provides a detailed exegesis of this passage.
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