Item No: mcai260071
Additional Title: Legal treatise
Rare Book Department
These initials, the first filled with the bust of a cardinal and the third with the bust of a bearded man, would have marked secondary textual divisions in a glossed copy of a legal text such as Gratian's Decretum or the Decretals of Gregory IX. This type of initial decoration is commonly found in legal manuscripts produced in Bologna in the first decades of the fourteenth century. Founded in the thirteenth century, the university in Bologna became an important center for the study of law in the Middle Ages. As a consequence, the city also became one of the great centers for the production of legal manuscripts, many of which, as these initials attest, were beautifully illuminated.
These cuttings belong to the same manuscript as Lewis E M 26:4 and 26:5.
Three initial Qs
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Lewis E M 26:7