Tight Gothic bookhand; long lines (10.5 x 6.5cm.).
Written by at least four hands in Latin; ruled in light red ink.
In an original monastic binding of contemporary reverse calf over wooden boards; remnants of original leather straps; original smooth spine, paper title-piece with title in ink; remnants of metallic "nails" or "hinges" on bottom cover (used to fasten leather straps); spine damaged, with some scruffing or wormholes to covers.
Rake ruling in lead and ink.
Mostly in quires of 8 and 12 (collation i-iii8, iv4, v-viii12, ix4); some quires detached.
Watermarks variants of Briquet nos. 7872 (Milan, 1403) and 7875 (Milan, 1425).
Documents a critical moment in the struggle between the Conventual and Observant Franciscans by bringing together diverse texts, including a penitential tract, papal bulls received by prominent Perugian Franciscans in 1409, indulgences, and extracts from Canon Law, all of which make a case for the Conventuals against the Observants, especially favouring their right to hear confessions.
Perhaps made for the monastery of Monteripido in Perugia, which played a role in this conflict.
Bound with the Interrogationes de peccatis; excerpts from Godfrey of Viterbo's Liber memorialis, or, Memoriae seculorum; excerpts from Bernard of Clairvaux's In laudibus virginis matris, and other Marian sermons.
Annotations on front pastedown refer to visits to Siena in 1443, including one by Pope Eugene IV.
Title derived from content.
Formerly catalogued as Fisher MSS 01107.
Acquired from Les Enluminures ltd., 23 Mar. 2004.