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Raymond of Penafort, in the 'Summa de Poenitentia et Matrimonio'

Raymond of Penafort, in the 'Summa de Poenitentia et Matrimonio'

Medium: Ink and pigments on vellum

Date: 1295

Shelfmark: Arundel MS 282

Item number: f.3r

Length: 20.6

Width: 15.2

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Illuminated manuscript

The 13th-century Spanish Dominican monk, Raymond of Penafort, was a legal specialist, who wrote also in a new way about moral action and guilt. With his work called the 'Summa', he opened up a field of study on application of general principles of morality to concrete and defined actions of human beings as a way of deciding what ought to be done or not done and also whether an act carries guilt. This copy of the 'Summa' was written at St Augustine's, Canterbury, by William de Newintone. The Canterbury copy of the Summa is richly decorated with gold, small pictures at the beginning of major divisions, and flourishes of colour, which expresses the status of the monastery. The list of contents and beginning of the book itself are on this page. The first letter of the book is decorated with a portrait of Raymond of Penafort.

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