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MS 143: Libellus de iuridictione ecclesiastica by Pierre Bertrand, 15th century

Identifier: MS 143


The text contained in MS 143 is a copy of the work by 14th-century French cardinal and canon lawyer, Pierre Bertrand, titled Libellus de iuridictione ecclesiastica. Bertrand was active in the court of Philip V of France, and served as chancellor to Queen Joan of Burgundy, and also endeavoured on several diplomatic missions for the papacy. This text, of which MS 143 is a copy, is the only text of Cardinal Bertrand to have been published. It is introduced in MS 143, on f. 1r with Incipit libellus petri bertrandi de Juridictione ecclesie tam penetenciali quam temporali et de earum sub ordinacione ad Invicem. The text then follows immediately, with the lines Iste liber est compositus et translatus de italico in latinum per dominum petrum bertrandum utriusque juris professorem...

The text ends on f. 45v with Explicit quid[em] libellus de jurisdictione ecclesiastica factus per petrum bertrandum in consilio conveniantibus prelatorum francie regni ejusdem verbo tenet [?] per ipsum deputatum ex parte ipsorum recitat. Javignolle [Notary's Mark].


A good 15th-century French hand. The book is much soiled at the beginning, and at ff. 28 and 29.


Plain and filigree initials and line-endings.


  • Creation: 15th century


Language of Materials


Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open to all. The manuscripts can be consulted in the Centre for Research Collections, Edinburgh University Main Library.


1 bound MS volume

Custodial History

A French book. The hand is French. The colophon is signed Javignolle in notary's fashion. A 17th century hand scribbles the name James at the end. It came from the 18th century library of James Erskine, Lord Alva.

Previous title

Title given to the manuscript in Catherine Borland’s catalogue: Petrus Bertrandus de Jurisdictions Ecclesiastica.

Previous reference

D. b. V. 12.

Physical Facet

Material: Vellum

Binding: Modern

Collation: a8-c8, d7 (+5), e7 (wants 7), f8=46.


21.27 cm X 14.92 cm


Secundo folio: gravaminibus

Foliation and number of lines to a page: ff. 46, 25 lines to a page.

Repository Details

Part of the University of Edinburgh Library Heritage Collections Repository

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