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Senate House Library, University of London

Fragments of the Decretum Gratiani, 1546


Reference code(s): GB 0096 MS 933

Held at: Senate House Library, University of London

Title: Fragments of the Decretum Gratiani, 1546

Date(s): [1546]

Level of description: Collection (fonds)

Extent: 2 items

Name of creator(s): Unknown


Administrative/Biographical history:

Very little is known about Johannes Gratian, who was born in Italy, possibly in Chiusi, Tuscany. He became a Camaldolese monk, and taught at Bologna. At a date some time after 1139 (probably 1140), Gratian compiled the Church laws (`canons') from all available sources and called the collection Concordia Discordantium Canonum (the harmonizing of discordant canons). The collection became known as the Decretum Gratiani. He died before 1179, some say as early as 1160. Although the Dectretum was not an official collection, it was, for a time and for all practical purposes, accepted as the fundamental text of Church law.


Scope and content/abstract:

Two manuscript fragments, formerly pastedowns, containing part of Gratian's Decretum, bound in a volume dating from 1546.


Language/scripts of material: [Latin]

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Conditions governing access:

Access to this collection is unrestricted for the purpose of private study and personal research within the supervised environment and restrictions of the Library's Palaeography Room. Uncatalogued material may not be seen. Please contact the University Archivist for details.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copies may be made, subject to the condition of the original. Copying must be undertaken by the Palaeography Room staff, who will need a minimum of 24 hours to process requests.

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Archival history:

Bound in Polydori Vergili de rerum inventoribus (Basle, 1546).

Immediate source of acquisition:

Given by the executors of Neil Ker in 1984.


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Archivist's note: Compiled by Sarah Aitchison as part of the RSLP AIM25 Project.

Rules or conventions: Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions: Feb 2002

Canon law | Legal systems | Law
Religious texts | Religious doctrines | Theology

Personal names
Gratian | Johannes | fl 1130-1160 | monk and writer on canon law

Corporate names