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Tree Of Consanguinity, In Peter Lombard, Sentences

Tree Of Consanguinity, In Peter Lombard, Sentences

Medium: Ink and pigments on vellum

Date: 1200

Shelfmark: Harley MS 3241

Item number: f.157r

Length: 28.4

Width: 20.5

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Illuminated manuscript

A Tree of Consanguinity is a diagram showing the degrees of blood-relationship of one person to another. Marriage within seven degrees was not allowed until the Fourth Lateran Council (1215) reduced the forbidden degrees to four. From the centre of the diagram, the interlocking rings are inscribed, going downwards, with the Latin words for 'son, daughter'; 'grandson, granddaughter', and so on, while reading upwards there is 'father, mother', and so on; and reading sideways there is 'brother, sister', and so on.

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