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Ms. Codex 1438 Historical miscellany concerning Poland
TitleHistorical miscellany concerning Poland
Call numberMs. Codex 1438
(Philadelphia, University of Pennsylvania, Rare Book & Manuscript Library)
- bibid: 4455708
PublisherThe University of Pennsylvania Libraries
LanguageItalian and Latin
- after 1564
Manuscript containing various works on Polish history, divided into two sections. The first section is related to the dispute between Philip II, King of Spain, and Sigismund II, King of Poland, and his mother, Bona Sforza, Queen of Poland. Both Spain and Poland claimed to be the legitimate rulers of the duchy of Bari and the principate of Rossano, respectively in Apulia and Calabria, southern Italy. The documents that appear in the manuscript include, among others, a note of the Spanish ambassador related to the restitution of Bari and Rossano to Philip II; a speech by Giovanni Lorenzo Papacoda, Queen's Counsel; various letters and notes describing the reasons and arguments that Philip II expressed to reclaim ownership of Bari and Rossano; a note describing how Bari and Rossano used to be owned by Isabel of Aragon, Duchess of Milan and mother of Bona Sforza; an index of the properties of Isabella of Aragon; and a letter to Philip II written by Vargas, Spanish ambassador, while he was headed to Rome. The second part of the manuscript contains documents related to the Reformation in Poland, the most important being accounts of the heresy trials conducted by Luigi Lippomano in 1556 against Jacob, bishop of Breslau and Andrew, bishop of Kracow; the response of the prelates of Breslau, Bratislava, Plozk and Westphalia on the Catholic faith; the laws of the Polish kingdom against heretics; an account of the Jews of Calisia (Kalisz, in modern Poland) purchasing stolen eucharistic hosts in 1556; and a brief from Pope Pius IV authorizing communion of two species (materia calicis), issued in 1564.
- Ms. codex.
- Title supplied by cataloger.
WatermarkSimilar to Briquet, Fleur de lis 7116 (Florence, 1530), (f. 1-108); and Homme 7573 (Milan, 1590), but with a more triangular body (f. 111-192).
Extent196 leaves : 320 x 220 (270 x 150) mm. bound to 322 x 225 mm
FoliationPaper, i (contemporary paper) + 185 + i (contemporary paper); 1-156, [i], 173-176, [v], 177-192, [193-195]; contemporary foliation in ink, modern foliation in pencil, upper right recto. Catchwords, lower right verso. Folio between f. 156 and 173 has had the upper portion that contained the first few lines of text as well as the folio number cut away. There are five unnumbered stubs between folios 176 and 177.
- Heretics, Christian--Poland--History
- Trials (Heresy)--Poland
- Jews--Poland--History--16th century
- Legal documents
- Notarial documents
- Papal briefs
- Manuscripts, Italian--16th century
- Manuscripts, Italian--17th century
- Manuscripts, Renaissance
- Manuscripts, European
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