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Marston MS 205 Germany, 1425
Pilgrim's Passport (Letter of Conduct), in Lat.
[Heading:] Johannes dei gratia abbas monasterij celle sancte marie
in nigra silua ordinis canonicorum regularium Constantie diocesis
omnibus presencium [?] inspectoribus subscriptorum noticiam cum salute.
[text:] Nouerint uniuersi et singuli quos nosce fuerit opportunum
Quod constitutus coram nobis et notario publico ac testibus subscriptis
...testibus ad premissa uocatis specialiter et rogatis. [notary's
siglum in second hand followed by:] Et ego Conradus Spiegelberg
Capellanus ecclesie parrochialis opidi friburgensis Constantie
diocesis publicus Imperiali auctoritate notarius...rogatus et
Notarial document, a pilgrim's passport or letter of conduct
written for Johannes de Blumenegk, armiger of the diocese of
Constance by Johannes, abbot of the Augustinian house of canon regulars
of Cella Sancte Marie in Nigra Silua (cf. Cottineau, v. 2, cols.
2908-09 sub voce St. Ulrich). This document was written in the
presence of Johannes Phul, rector of the parish church of
Freiburg-im-Breisgau, and was notarized by the notary Conrad
Spiegelberg on 18 July 1425.
Single parchment membrane measuring 227 x 350 mm., originally
folded into thirds and then into thirds again, with three slits
along lower edge, presumably for seal, now wanting. Written by two
scribes, the one who copied the body of the document, the other who
notarized it, both in neat chancery scripts. Boxed.
Written in Germany in 1425 for the use of Johannes de Blumenegk;
later filing notes, in German, on dorse. Provenance otherwise
unknown. Purchased from L. C. Witten in 1958 by Thomas E. Marston.
Bibliography: Faye and Bond, p. 87, no. 205.
Barbara A. Shailor