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Marginal Drawing Of An Altar, In Omnibonus's Abridgement Of Gratian's Concordance Of Discordant Canons

Marginal Drawing Of An Altar, 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: ff.128v-129r

Length: 34.5

Width: 251.9

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. The text concerning Consecration is illustrated with an ink drawing showing a altar on one page, and a chalice and host on the facing page. At the lower edge of the left-hand page is a quire number 'xvi' and a trace of a catchword.

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