CONFIRMATION OF PRIVILEGES BY POPE JOHANNES XIX

MS 590/02
MS Short Title CONFIRMATION OF PRIVILEGES BY POPE JOHANNES XIX
Text CONFIRMATION BY POPE JOHANNES XIX OF THE PRIVILEGES OF BENEDETTO, ABBOT OF SANTA MARIA DE ORGANO, VERONA, AND HIS SUCCESSORS, INCLUDING THE TENURE OF THE DEPENDENT CHURCHES OF SANTA MARIA, SANTA MARGARETA, SANTA MARIA SOLARIO, SANTA MARIA IN SICIANO, THE ABBEY OF SAN LAURENTI IN SICIANO, AND THE CHURCH OF SS FAUSTINUS AND IOVITE
Description MS in Latin on vellum, Vatican, 13 September 1024, 1 f., 29x53 cm, (19x53 cm), 13 long lines in a littera documentaria Pontificalis (Papal documentary script), with decorative elaboration of ascenders and descenders, marks of abbreviation, and initial letters, opening line in the elaborate calligraphic form. Annotated on the dorse, in Rustic capitals, and in a 14th c. hand in a littera semigothica cursiva.
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Context Early Italian documents from the archives of the abbey of Santa Maria de Organo in Verona are MS 590/01-02.
Provenance 1. The Papal Chancery, Vatican (1024); 2. Archives of the Abbey of Santa Maria de Organo, Verona (1024-); 3. Italian dealer (1964); 4. Bernard Rosenthal Collection, San Francisco, I/170 (1964-1989); 5. Bernard Quaritch Ltd., London.
Commentary

This is an important, early example of an instrument issued by the Papal Chancery, and provides a fine example of the calligraphic script developed within the Papal Chancery.

The MS is issued in the year of the election of the new pope, Johannes XIX (pope 1024-1033). It mentions the particular depredations suffered by the abbey and assures the abbot of the Pope's support and prayers.

The MS has never been sealed. The present MS seems to be a copy made in the Papal Chancery at the time of the issuing of the original document.

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Place of origin Vatican
Dates 1024 AD

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