GRATIANUS: DECRETUM

MS 4480
MS Short Title GRATIANUS: DECRETUM
Text GRATIANUS: DECRETUM: CAUSA XI, QUESTIO 1
Description MS in Latin on vellum, Northern France, late 12th c., 1 f., 36x27 cm, 2 columns, (28 x16 cm), 55 lines in Romanesque book script, 17 2-10-line initials in alternate red and blue, some with flourishing, 1 large historiated initial of two clerics disputing, in gold and colours by the Simon Master.
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Context Another leaf from the same volume is Bruce Ferrini: Medieval & Renaissance Miniature Paintings, Catalogue 3(1995):2. For another Gratianus leaf, see MS 1651.
Provenance 1. Sotheby's 6.7.2000:12. Deaccession May 2010.
Commentary The 12th c. Camaldolese monk Gratianus, father of canon law, is the author of the Concordance of Discordant Canons, later known as the Decretum Gratiani. Dealing with the inconsistencies of nearly 4,000 citations from papal decretals (letters) and other writings, Gratianus designed a logical framework for these disparate sources. His work remained the foundation of canon law until the promulgation of the Church's new Codex iuris canonici in 1917. The 2nd part of Gratianus' work consists of 36 causae, that is, difficult juridical cases.
Published
Exhibited Oslo Katedralskole 850 år, Jubileumsutstilling 10. - 14. March 2003
Mentioned
Boxing
See also
Place of origin France
Dates late 12c AD

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