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Decorated Initial, In Omnibonus's Abridgement Of Gratian's Concordance Of Discordant Canons

Decorated Initial, In Omnibonus's Abridgement Of Gratian's Concordance Of Discordant Canons

Medium: Ink and pigments on vellum

Date: 1210

Shelfmark: Royal MS 10 C.iv

Item number: f.25v

Length: 34.8

Width: 22

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Illuminated manuscript

Gratian, who lectured in Bologna, has been called 'the true founder of the science of Canon Law', because in the mid-12th century he wrote the first successful attempt to bring together and reconcile papal decrees which seemed to be contradictory, and to elucidate the general principles on which Canon Law was based. His pupil Omnibonus compiled an abbreviated version soon after. This copy of Omnibonus's text was in the library at Rochester Cathedral in the early 13th century, and it was very possibly written there. This page is fairly typical of the manuscript as a whole: a new section is introduced by a decorated initial 'Q', and small initials, alternately blue or red, introduce the sub-sections. Readers have added annotations in ink (side margins) and pencil (top and right margins).

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