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'The Origin of Grace' in 'Compendium of Theological Truth'

'The Origin of Grace' in 'Compendium of Theological Truth'

Medium: Ink and pigments on vellum

Date: 1490

Shelfmark: Harley MS 3239

Item number: f.57r

Length: 29

Width: 18

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Illuminated Manuscript

The enduring late medieval textbook 'Compendium of Theological Truth' ('Compendium Theologicae Veritatis') has been attributed to an unusually large number of authors, including Thomas Aquinas, but recent studies conclude that Hugh of Strasburg wrote it in the 2nd half of the 13th century. It presented in a practical arrangement discussions of a wide range of topics. This copy belonged to the Franciscan convent at Worcester.

The 'Compendium' organises its material in seven sections. This page begins the section 'Grace'. The first part covers 'The Origin of Grace'. At the top of the page, the chapters are listed. Following this, a prologue and then the chapter, which begins with a large, coloured first letter. A note of the chapter (called 'book') is written in the right margin.

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