Monumental Folios of the Decretals, Glossed
Type: Leaves & Fragments
Large Folios of the Decretals, Glossed. Two folios on vellum. Northern France, ca. 1280, each approximately 400 mm x 270 mm (including the stub of the missing conjoint leaf). Ruled in plummet. Double column, 42 long lines. Substantial glossing, mostly legible. Decoration: alternating red and blue two-line initials with contrasting penwork. Text: fol. 1: Book V, titles xvi-xviii, including “De sortilegis,” “De collusione,” “De delictorum puerorum,” and “De clerico venatore.” One couldn’t find more interesting subjects for legal commentary. The sins of boys from age 14 include those things which “membris genitalibus admittuntur,” and Chaucer’s prior was a hunting cleric; fol. 2: Book V, title xviii on excommunication and absolution. Condition: because these folios were used as pastedowns, they are worn, with occasionally missing or obscured text, and trimmed at the top.