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Beinecke MS 1181
Rome, 1256 December 29.
Alexander IV, Pope, -1261, Papal bull.
1 leaf : parchment ; 700 x 570 mm.
This material is open for research.
Manuscript document, on vellum, in a single hand, of a bull granting papal protection
and privileges to the abbey of Saints Lorenzo and Nicola in L'Aquila. Among the privileges
granted to the abbey are the right to continue as a Damianite house in the Benedictine
order; the right to receive all "free and absolved" candidates into the house; freedom
from diocesan charges for the administration of sacraments or for consecration of
churches; and the right to continue to celebrate the divine office, with restrictions,
during general interdictions. The bull also confirms all privileges already conferred
on the abbey by the bishop of L'Aquila, including exemption from episcopal jurisdiction
in return for an annual gift of a pound of wax on the feast of St. Maximus.
Purchased from Christie's (Christie's London sale, 2013 November 20, lot 61) on the
Edwin J. Beinecke Book Fund, 2013.
Secretarial signature and monogram of Pope Alexander IV.
Also signed by: John of Toledo; Hugh of Saint-Cher; Odo of Châteauroux; Stephen Banesa;
Riccardo Annibaldi; Ottaviano degli Ubaldini; Pietro Capocchi.
Lead seal attached by cord.
Layout: single column of 31 lines.
Script: Papal documentary script.
Decoration: opening word and large initial with pen-flourishes; first line in compressed
script with elongated ascenders.
Pope Alexander IV, Papal Bull. General Collection, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript
Library, Yale University.
Albertino, da Montone, Saint, -1294
Alexander IV, Pope, -1261.
Annibaldi, Riccardo, approximately 1200-1276
Capocchi, Pietro, approximately 1200-1259
Hugh, of Saint-Cher, Cardinal, approximately 1200-1263
John, of Toledo, -1275
Odo, of Châteauroux, Cardinal, approximately 1208-1273
Catholic Church. Patriarchate of Aquileia (Italy)
Santi Lorenzo e Nicola (Benedictine Abbey)
Convents -- Italy.
Manuscripts, Medieval -- Connecticut -- New Haven.
Monasticism and religious orders -- Italy.
Monasticism and religious orders for women -- Italy.
Privileges and immunities, Ecclesiastical -- Italy.
Manuscripts, Medieval -- Italy -- 13th century.
Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts in Beinecke Library.