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Saint Bonaventure's Life of St Francis (Italian)

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0103 MS ITALIAN 3
Held at: University College London
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Full title: Saint Bonaventure's Life of St Francis (Italian)
Date(s): 15th century
Level of description: Collection (fonds)
Extent: 1 volume containing 156 leaves
Name of creator(s): Unknown


Administrative/Biographical history:

Saint Bonaventure (San Bonaventura): born, c1217; original name Giovanni Di Fidanza (John of Fidanza); entered the University of Paris, 1235; received the master of arts degree, 1243; joined the Franciscan order; studied theology in the Franciscan school at Paris, 1243-1248; named Bonaventure, 1244; leading theologian, minister general of the Franciscan order, and cardinal bishop of Albano; author of several works on the spiritual life; recodified the constitution of his order, 1260; died, 1274.


Scope and content/abstract:

Manuscript volume, 15th century, containing St Bonaventure's 'Leggenda di S Francesco' (Life of St Francis).

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Conditions governing reproduction:

Normal copyright restrictions apply.

Finding aids:

N R Ker, Medieval Manuscripts in British Libraries, i (London and Oxford, 1969); list at University College London Special Collections.

Archival Information

Archival history:

Pasted inside the front cover is the bookplate of Walter Seton.

Immediate source of acquisition:

Purchased at the Seton sale at Sotheby's in 1927 and presented to University College London by the British Society of Franciscan Studies and others.

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Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Source: Encyclopaedia Britannica online. Compiled by Rachel Kemsley 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:
Jul 2001

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