An autograph is a manuscript written by the author of the
Giovanni Boccaccio, (1313?-1375) an Italian author
now mainly famous for the Decameron
A facsimile is a book which is an exact copy of the original
A letter of indulgence grants forgiveness for all
or some of the buyer’s sins, in return for payment and in
principle conditional on repentance
The liturgy is the collection of formulas and other
texts which make up the religious services of the Christian church
A manuscript is a handwritten book
A mercer is a merchant who deals in textiles
Penances were the punishments imposed by the Church
on people after they had confessed their sins.
They were generally fasts, sexual continence, pilgrimages
or floggings. In the 15th
century it was increasingly common to pay money instead
of performing the penance.
The vernacular languages are the languages actually spoken by a
group of people, often in contrast to Latin and ancient Greek.