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Excerpts from the Summa Rosella casuum, the Summa Angelica and the Summa Silvestrina, early 16th century

Identifier: MS 114/ff. 100r-311v


This section of the manuscripts gathers a series of excerpts on the sacraments (for example, on confession, absolution, the anointing of the sick, etc.) and on the seven deadly sins, drawn from three important handbooks of moral theology. These handbooks contain a series of rules and several examples of the correct application of provisions of canon law.
The work most cited in the manuscript is the Rosella casuum, which was written by the Franciscan friar Baptista Trovamala (or Baptista de Salis), active in Northern Italy between the end of the 14th and the beginning of the 15th century, and it was conceived especially for the spiritual preparation of priests and to help them to exercise the office of the confession. The Rosella casuum is a revised an expanded version of the first edition of the same work (known as Summa Casuum Conscientiae or Summa Baptistiniana) and was printed for the first time in Pavia in 1489.


  • Majority of material found within early 16th 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.


212 folios

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Part of the Edinburgh University Library Special Collections Repository

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