Item No: mcai450021
Rare Book Department
This cutting can be dated to ca. 1290-1310.
This cutting is from a copy of the Decretals of Pope Gregory IX (ca.1145-1241). The miniature marks the beginning of Book IV, which treats the subject of marriage. Decretals are collections of papal statements regarding canon law, or the ecclesiastical law of the Catholic Church. In 1230, Pope Gregory commissioned the Dominican friar Raymond of Pennafort to compile a new collection that would gather together and streamline earlier decretals. Gregory's Decretals supplanted the earlier ones and became the basis for all subsequent canon law.
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Lewis E M 45:2
Gregory IX - Author